Keller's Mill Bridge
The Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA
A New Home for the White Bridge
White is an unusual color for covered bridges in Lancaster County. In fact, this bridge is the only one of the county's covered bridges that is not painted red.
This same bridge once spanned the Cocalico Creek at Rettew Mill Road, but due to increasing traffic, it was dismantled in 2006 and reassembled here at Middle Creek Road in 2010. A new concrete span was built at Rettew Mill Road, and an iron bridge at Middle Creek Road was removed.
Keller's Mill Bridge is named for the family who built a house and mill near the bridge's original location.
Although the mill is now gone, the Keller house still stands on Rettew Mill Road. The first covered bridge at that site was built in 1873, but was destroyed by flood. In 1891, the existing bridge was constructed by Elias McMellen, who also built the earlier bridge.
Other names associated with this bridge include the Rettew family, who owned the Keller house and mill in the early 20th century, and Guy Bard, a prominent attorney who owned these properties in the 1940s and 1950s.
Other Names —
Crosses — Cocalico Creek
Length — 74 ft. (23 m), clear span 60 ft., 6 in. (18.44 m)
Width — Total 17 ft., 4 in. (5.26 m), deck 13 ft. (3.96 m)
Builder — Elias McMellen
Structure — Burr arch truss
History — Built 1873, rebuilt 1891; added to National Register of Historic Places, December 10, 1980; dismantled 2006, reopened 2010
[Main background photo caption reads]
Keller's Mill Bridge, ca. 1915.
[Inset illustration captions, clockwise from top center, read]
• Bridge Location Present and Past [map]
• Keller's Mill Bridge at its previous location on Rettew Mill Road.
• Stabilizing the frame in preparation to move the bridge from its original abutments.
• Lancaster County's Covered Bridges [map]
For more information: www.lancastercountyheritage.com/bridges
Erected by Lancaster County Heritage.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2006.
Location. 40° 9.834′ N, 76° 13.905′ W. Marker is in Ephrata Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erb's Covered Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cpl Gerald L. Habecker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Zook's Mill Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ephrata War Memorial Field Complex (approx. 2˝ miles away); Battle of Brandywine Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Mount Zion Buildings (approx. 2.6 miles away); Brothers' House Complex (approx. 2.7 miles away); Home of Conrad Beissel (approx. 2.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Keller's Mill Covered Bridge at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA. (Submitted on November 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.