Herr's Mill Covered Bridge

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Herr's Mill Covered Bridge
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Coordinates40°00′35″N 76°09′44″W / 40.0098°N 76.1622°W / 40.0098; -76.1622Coordinates: 40°00′35″N 76°09′44″W / 40.0098°N 76.1622°W / 40.0098; -76.1622
LocaleLancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Other name(s)Soudersburg Bridge
Designdouble span, double Burr arch truss
Total length178 feet (54.3 m)
Constructed byJoseph Elliot and Robert Russell
Construction start1844
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Location of the bridge in Lancaster County
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Location of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania

The Herr's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] It is also sometimes known as Soudersburg Bridge.[2]

The bridge has a double span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design, it is painted red on the outside, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-21. In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003537,[3] it is located at 40°0′35.4″N 76°9′43.8″W / 40.009833°N 76.162167°W / 40.009833; -76.162167 (40.00983, -76.16217).[4] It is located in Paradise Township on Ronks Road 0.4 km (0.25 mi) south of U.S. Route 30 to the east of Lancaster city.[1]


Herr's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1844 by Joseph Elliot and Robert Russell at a cost of $1787,[5] it has a double-span, double-arch Burr arch truss construction. In 1875, the bridge was rebuilt by James C. Carpenter at a cost of $1860.[1] The bridge was later bypassed by a new concrete bridge and is now on the private property of the Mill Bridge Village Camping Resort. Owner Brian Kopan was quoted as saying "The bridge is in fine condition. We’re hoping to keep it as it is." In October 2018 the bridge was dismantled and is being moved to Elizabethtown, before in fell into the creek. [6]


  • Length: 178 feet (54.3 m) total length[5][7][8]
  • Width: 15 feet (4.6 m) total width


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Herr's Mill Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  2. ^ "The Covered Bridges of Lancaster County". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-11-09. Archived from the original on 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  3. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  4. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-36-21". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
  5. ^ a b Dr. Roger A. McCain. "Herr's Mill Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
  6. ^ Robinson, Ryan (2006-09-30). "Rebirth of a covered bridge?". LancasterOnline.com : News. Lancaster Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2006-10-01.
  7. ^ Bickel, Hank (2005-06-23). "Herr Mill / Souderburg Bridge". Covered Bridges of the Northeast USA. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  8. ^ Note: Two independent sources disagree on this length. In other covered bridges, the McCain source agreed more closely with official government sources while the Bickel source seemed incorrect or perhaps just measuring a different length. In this case, the Bickel source states that the bridge length is 113 feet (34.4 m).