Mood's Bridge . Perkasie . PA . Watercolor . 16" x 12"
... Blooming Glen Road, Perkasie... many a youthful day spent fishing, ice skating and exploring the Branch Creek, around and beneath this bridge.
Merel Bryan's farm was to the west (to your right, in this view).
Mood's Covered Bridge was built in 1874 and in 1980, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1997, PennDOT spent $277,000 on a major structural restoration of the bridge.
... At 1:00 in the afternoon, January 21, 2004... Roben Jones of Philadelphia, driving a Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) trash truck,
illegally drove... no, tore through this wonderful old covered bridge, ripped off the front overhead face and snapped through 8 of the 12 overhead trusses.
The truck was 12 feet, 7 inches high... bridge clearance "was" 11 feet, 2 inches. At that time, all trucks were banned from crossing the bridge.
The driver was cited for "motor carrier violations".
The bridge was still standing, but now structuraly unsafe and closed. Repairs were scheduled to begin on June 28th.
... but wait... it get's better... just 6 days before reconstruction is to begin...
... June 22, 2004, in the early morning hours... between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., under cover of darkness... six malignant, brain dead miscreants set fire to the bridge... TWICE ! ! ! ... completely destroying it. Their first attempt wasn't good enough... thay had to leave, find more accelerant, return and reset their fire. Premeditated ?
21 year old Daniel Weidner
20 year old Benjamin Recenes
20 year old Vincent Stout
20 year old Joseph Boland
20 year old Joshua Naso
20 year old Kevin Horoff
... all were local to this area, students at Penn State at the time, and home for a little fun and destruction.
Of course, the new bridge is just a reproduction and no longer worthy of the Historic Register... and these perpetrators have no doubt become "upstanding" citizens.