Miscellaneous Art & Illustration

James Mann Art Farm. Gallery of various subjects. Places I’ve been and things I’ve seen… with a few reconstructions. And the next day… it’s all history. Buildings, structures & landscape painting. Click an image below for full view of the original art.

Lake Minatare Tower

Watercolor… The North Platte River was dammed in Western Nebraska, creating Lake Minatare, as a Federal irrigation reservoir in 1915, as a follow-up to the Wyoming, Pathfinder Dam – Sweetwater Project of 1908. Lake Minatare covers 2,158 acres and fills most of a 2,970-acre federal waterfowl refuge. This tower is called a “lighthouse” in Nebraska…. Read more »

Coplay Cement Kilns

Watercolor… 9 towering remnants are all that remain of the factory and vertical kilns that were in use, by the Coplay Cement Company, from 1893 to 1904, before they quickly became obsolete in a rapidly expanding and innovative construction industry. This cement plant was built by David O. Saylor in 1871, refining the manufacturing process…… Read more »

Rock Creek – Oregon

Watercolor… color sketch (plein air) on site, July 9th, 2008.A quiet afternoon… sitting on a flat bank, in the shade, next to a burbling creek… painting… reminiscing… sipping a few beers with an old friend…

Backyard Quakertown

Watercolor… indoors, looking out… plein air from the kitchen window, 1984. I lived here for about 13 years. The Krupp Foundry, in the background, across a couple of once open fields and the railroad tracks, was demolished and declared a hazardous “Superfund” site in the early 1990’s. It is now a community park.

Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, Canada. I came upon this covered bridge during a 2016 road trip and know very little about it. Originally built in either 1905 or 1908, the Sawmill Covered Bridge, a 104 foot, Howe Truss design, carried what is now Route 114, across Sawmill Creek in Albert County, New Brunswick. A… Read more »

Loux Covered Bridge

Watercolor… the 60-foot long, Loux Covered Bridge was built by David Sutton in 1874, to get across the Cabin Run Creek, which separates the Townships of Bedminster and Plumstead in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is a Towne Truss design and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Loux Covered Bridge is… Read more »

Pine Valley Covered Bridge

Watercolor… also known as the Iron Hill Bridge, the 81-foot, Town Truss, Pine Valley Bridge was built by David Sutton in 1842. Crossing Pine Run Creek, in New Britain Borough, it is the 2nd oldest covered bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Pine Valley Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in… Read more »

Frankenfield Covered Bridge

Watercolor… the 130-foot long, Frankenfield Covered Bridge, originally named Hillpot’s Bridge, is credited as being built by David Sutton in 1872. It is of a Town Lattice Truss design, spanning the Tinicum Creek in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This bridge is a double span structure due to it’s midway support pier. The entire bridge… Read more »

Cabin Run Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Cabin Run Covered Bridge, built 1871, crosses the Cabin Run Creek in Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This Town lattice truss bridge is 82-feet long and contains a few, rather interesting and not completely common details, that I have not found all together on any one Bucks County Bridge previously. Each of the portal… Read more »

South Perkasie Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Perkasie, Bucks County. What is known today as the South Perkasie Covered Bridge, was constructed with County money in 1832, extending Benjamin’s Road across the Pleasant Spring Creek. It’s the second bridge built across this creek and the name “South Perkasie” wasn’t used until the village of Bridgetown (Benjamin) was incorporated, around 1900 into… Read more »

Sheard Clymer Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Sheard’s Mill Covered Bridge, also known as Clymer’s Covered Bridge or the Thatcher Covered Bridge, was built in 1873, on what is now called (oddly enough)… Covered Bridge Road, near the village of Thatcher. The bridge spans 130 feet over the Tohickon Creek, connecting Haycock and East Rockhill Townships in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania…… Read more »

Schofield Ford Covered Bridge

Watercolor… One fine Spring morning in 2021. This 170-foot long, historically accurate, reproduction Town lattice through truss bridge, was built in 1997 after the original 1873 Schofield Ford Covered Bridge (Twining Ford Bridge) was burned to the deck and destroyed by arsonists in 1991. Resulting in the Schofield Bridge’s subsequent removal from it’s earlier, 1980… Read more »

Erwinna Covered Bridge

Watercolor… The 56-foot long Erwinna Covered Bridge was built in the 1850s across Lodi Creek, on the Bucks County tract of Colonel Arthur Erwin, who had purchased 1,568 acres of good Pennsylvania land at public sale in 1769. This covered bridge, on Geigel Hill Road, has taken a few hits over the last half century… Read more »

Knecht’s Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Also known as Knecht’s Mill Covered Bridge or Slifer’s Bridge, this 110-foot long, Town Lattice Truss bridge crosses Cooks Creek (also known as  as Scooks Creek and Durham Creek) in Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1873 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Uhlerstown Covered Bridge

Watercolor… The 101-foot long, Town lattice truss, Uhlerstown Covered Bridge was built in 1855-56, spanning the Delaware Canal at Lock 18 in the village of Uhlerstown (formerly called, Mexico), Bucks County. It is extremely well preserved, although steel support beams were added below the deck in 1985. The canal towpath, extending roughly 60-miles between Easton… Read more »

Van Sandt Covered Bridge

Watercolor… the Van Sandt Covered Bridge, sometimes spelled as the Van Sant Bridge, or known as the Beaver Dam Bridge, is an 86-foot, Town truss span across the Pidcock Creek in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1875 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Viewed late April, 2021.

Keller’s Mill Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Ephrata, Lancaster County. The Keller’s Mill Covered Bridge has had a hard life. Also known as Guy Bard’s Covered bridge and the John W. Rettew’s Mill Covered Bridge… this span was originally built by Elias McMellen in 1873 as a 74 footer, using a Double Burr Arch Truss design… and got washed away in 1891. It… Read more »

Erb’s Mill Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Lititz, Lancaster County. Erb’s Mill Covered Bridge, a 76 foot Double Burr Arch Truss, built in 1849, spanning Hammer Creek… located, not surprisingly, on Erb’s Bridge Road, north of the village of Rothville. The original builder is unknown, but this bridge is documented as rebuilt by John G. Bowman in 1887. This spot is rumored to… Read more »

Hunsecker’s Covered Bridge

Watercolor… Manheim Township, Lancaster County. Built by John Russell in 1843, the Hunsecker’s Covered Bridge, at 180-feet in length, carries Hunsecker Road over the Conestoga Creek in Manheim Township, Lancaster County. It’s a Double Burr Arch Truss design that has been lifted and swept downstream by flood waters many times… until Hurricane Agnes finally finished… Read more »

Red Run Covered Bridge

Watercolor… New Holland, Lancaster County. Also known as Oberholtzer’s Mill Covered Bridge, the 107 foot long, Red Run Bridge has been replaced by a utilitarian concrete structure, spanning Muddy Creek. This bridge faces, the now extended, Martin Church Road. Contrary to the usual method of salvaging and relocating an obsolete and historic bridge… both Red… Read more »