Watercolor… Blooming Glen Road, Perkasie, Pennsylvania … many a youthful day spent fishing, ice skating and exploring the Branch Creek, around and beneath this bridge. Originally named Mood’s Ford Bridge after Samuel Mood’s farm… which later became Merel Bryan’s farm, to the west (to your right, in this view)… and is now the site of a shopping center. Mood’s Covered Bridge was built in 1874, required rehabilitation in 1919, again in 1964, 1970 1975, 1978 and 1996. In 1997 alone, PennDOT spent $277,000 on a major structural restoration of the bridge. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This 2000 painting is how the bridge looked when I first drew it in 1985.
… however… At 1:00 in the afternoon, January 21, 2004… a trash truck, illegally drove through this bridge, ripped off the overhead portal 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 structurally unsafe and closed again. 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, miscreants set fire to the bridge… TWICE ! ! ! … completely destroying it. Their first attempt wasn’t good enough… they had to leave, find more accelerant, return and reset their fire. Of course, the new bridge is just a reproduction and was removed from the Historic Register in 2004.