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 is the second bridge built across this creek and the given name, “South Perkasie” wasn’t in use until the village of Bridgetown (Benjamin) was incorporated, around 1900 into the Perkasie Borough. Over time, this one lane bridge became a choke point for increasing local traffic and citizens in and around Perkasie wanted the bridge replaced. It was dutifully condemned in the early 1950’s and a modern, poured concrete slab was proposed to succeed it. The bridge, being the oldest covered bridge in Bucks County and third oldest in Pennsylvania, spurred a wider, grass roots preservation movement to save it. And ironically, in 1958, this 93-foot-long, Town Trussit bridge was lifted off its old (now South Main Street) abutments, and over 8 days… around a tight corner and up Walnut Street, moved 1 mile into Perkasie’s Lake Lenape Park. Today it is a celebrated landmark and sits on new abutments spanning dry land. This painting roughly illustrates where the bridge stood on it’s original site, prior to the move. The surrounding area here, looks much the same as it did in the fifties. Following several changes of ownership, the old Savacool (Strassburger) Feed Mill on Walnut Street, is still in business, hay fields are now lawns, the grade of South Main Street is now elevated, the new concrete bridge is wide and flat… and of course… the childhood friends, that lived on both sides of this old bridge have moved on.

Size of Painting: 12" x 16" ... a giclee print is 9x12" on 11x14" paper.

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