110px|The Cogan House Covered Bridge
The Cogan House Covered Bridge is a Burr arch truss covered bridge
over Larrys Creek in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County, in the U.S.
state of Pennsylvania. It was built in 1877 and is 94 feet 2 inches
(28.7 m) long. The bridge was placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1980, and had a major restoration in 1998. The Cogan
House bridge is named for the township and village of Cogan House. The
covered bridge was constructed by a millwright who assembled the timber
framework in a field next to the sawmill, before it was reassembled at
the bridge site. It was the only bridge on Larrys Creek that survived
the flood of June 1889, and one of only a handful that were left intact
in the county. Although the bridge used to carry a steady flow of
tannery and sawmill traffic, the clearcutting of the surrounding
forests meant the end of those industries by the early 20th century.
Since then much of the surrounding area has reverted to second growth
forest, and the one-lane bridge is now on a dead end road in a remote
valley with little traffic. (more...)
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