Was this crossing a kissing bridge?
At one time in history, “Bridge #33″ served as a crossing somewhere in the Cherry Valley area. Perhaps, spanning a creek on a farm or on a town road.
It’s been a mystery for long time, which Darrel Joyce, a former resident the Monroe County, is trying to solve. “The location of this bridge has been bugging me for years,” he wrote.
Joyce, whose family goes back more than 220 years in Cherry Valley, sent the picture to “Yesterdays Photo” with the hope that someone will recognize the bridge and share his/her knowledge.
Anyone with information, please post your comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UPDATE: The old structure, which still stands, can be found in Washington County, Pa. Known as Krepps Bridge, it is in the southwest area of that county’s Cherry Valley, according to a reader, who shared a link to the Lost Bridge site.
Other covered bridges of interest in the area include the Little Gap bridge in Carbon County and the bridge at Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Bartonsville.
Although the Little Gap bridge is more than 150 years old, the bridge at Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, which was built out of old wood to give the illusions of age, is about a 15 years old.
Covered bridge tidbits:
• In 2011, the Siegrist Mill covered bridge in Lancester — all 50 tons of it — was successfully hoisted by two cranes out of Chiques Creek. Tropical Storm Lee had ripped the bridge off its abutments, dumping it in the creek.
• The oldest existing covered bridge was completed in 1827. It is the double-span, 278-foot Haverhill Bath Bridge that spans the Ammonoosuc River, between the towns of Bath and Haverhill, N.H.
• In more modest times, couples found the enclosure of covered bridges the perfect haven to hide from watchful eyes. The term “kissing bridge” developed from these couples sneaking kisses once they were out of sight.