Josiah Hess Covered Bridge

Josiah Hess Covered Bridge, Winding Road, Fishing Creek Township, Pennsylvania

Josiah Hess Covered Bridge, Winding Road, Fishing Creek Township, Pennsylvania

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Josiah Hess Covered Bridge

The Josiah Hess Covered Bridge crosses Huntington Creek in North East Columbia County, Pennsylvania. It is located along a wooded pathway off Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township. The bridge is also called Laubach Bridge.

The original bridge was built in 1875 by Joseph Redline. It cost $1,349.50 to build. It rests on stone abutments. The wingwalls do not extend above the original road line excepting on the southeast side. The bridge is 105 feet long with vertical board and batten siding.

The Hess family owned a sawmill and small farm nearby. I have been unable to find anything related to how this the bridge got its other name.

Josiah Hess Covered Bridge, Winding Road, Fishing Creek Township, Pennsylvania

Josiah Hess Covered Bridge, Winding Road, Fishing Creek Township, Pennsylvania

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The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 2000. It was completely restored. It was rededicated in August 2005, just over a year before these pictures were taken. It is now owned by the Columbia County Covered Bridge Association.

The Josiah Hess Covered Bridge is one of 23 covered bridges in Columbia County. This is the third largest concentration in Pennsylvania.

Like all covered bridges, the Josiah Hess Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in November 1979.

The most comprehensive guide for finding and/or learning about Covered Bridges in this area is Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges: A Complete Guide by Benjamin D. Evans.  It was published quite a few years ago now (but is still available on Amazon) but nothing else even comes close.

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Josiah Hess Covered Bridge
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Josiah Hess Covered Bridge
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The Josiah Hess Covered Bridge crosses Huntington Creek in North East Columbia County, PA. It is located off Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township.
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