4/29/17 – Bogert’s Covered Bridge Celebration

Bogert's Bridge photoFACTS

Did you know:

  • Bogert’s Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Allentown
  • Solomon Butz (1808-1878) was a builder of bridges including Bogert’s Bridge
  • Solomon Butz was the great-grandfather of Lee Butz, Chairman of the Board of construction management firm Alvin H. Butz, Inc. (Allentown, PA)
  • the bridge is of the Burr-Truss design, using only tenon joints and wooden pegs (hand-forged nails were used to fasten shingles on the roof and clapboards to the sides)
  • in the 1940s and 50s several automotive disasters damaged the bridge extensively, however, the bridge withstood each calamity
  • attempts were made to tear down the bridge, but public outcry to save the bridge ultimately prevailed
  • the bridge is restricted for use by pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians only
  • activities are currently underway to restore Bogert’s Bridge?

JOIN THE CELEBRATION! 

April 29, 2017 from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. at  Cedar Beach there will be much merrymaking and history on hand.

Check regularly for additional details.


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