Luzerne County

This bridge was destroyed in a no name flood during June of 2006, I have emailed Luzerne County Historical Society a few times but never received any answer on the status of the bridge and if it will be restored. Hopefully funds will be found to put this historical structure back. And because of the historical history of this bridge is the reason I will keep it on my web site.

This is the plaque that use to adorn the entrance of the bridge.


Bittenbender Covered Bridge

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Bittenbender Bridge crossed the Huntington Creek in Luzerne County. it was located off Twp. Rte. 239, on SR 4006.  Bittenbender bridge was located on private property,  Elbrook farms, in Shickshinny, Pa. This was the only surviving covered bridge in Luzerne County. 
This bridge was originally built as a queen post single span structure in 1879 by Stephen Harrison Dodson and Frank Monroe, who owned adjoining farms.  Stephen H. Dodson had worked as a bridge builder for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1840. In 1927, the Ku Klux Klan, which had a grievance against Fred Bittenbender, attempted to burn the bridge.  A bale of gasoline soaked straw was place against the north entrance to the bridge and ignited.  The siding and timbers were charred, but with timely  discovery, the the fire was extinguished.  A major restoration was carried out by Fred E. Bittenbender and Joseph  Bittenbender in 1937.  The contractor was Leon Robbins, and the foreman of the construction crew was Walter Faust. The center pier was constructed, the trusses revised into modified into modified queen post design  concrete.  Some additional oak plank flooring was installed which came from the now demolished covered bridge at Huntington Mills.  In 1972, the under girders and outrigger were destroyed during the flood.

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