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West Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Siegrist's Mill Bridge

The Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA

 
 
Siegrist Mill Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pope, January 18, 2021
1. Siegrist Mill Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Built by James C. and Henry Carpenter
In July 1885, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners signed a contract with James C. and Henry Carpenter to build a covered bridge at this location, described as being "at or near Moore's mill, between the townships of Rapho and West Hempfield." The contract states that the bridge is "to be completed and ready for inspection by October 15, 1885." The Carpenters agreed to build the bridge at a cost of $1,872 — including $500 for masonry and $700 for the superstructure.

Long before the bridge was built, a mill existed on the West Hempfield side of the creek. In 1811, Christian and Barbara Hertzler built a brick mill which was later owned by Michael Moore. The building had prominent federal-period details including pedimented doorways and windows with keystones. This feature inspired the nickname "Keystone Mill." Parts of the mill survived until the 1980s.

A notable feature of this bridge is a series of biblical passages painted on boards attached to the structural frame below the bridge deck. These boards were reinstalled during the bridge's reconstruction after

Siegrist Mill Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pope, January 18, 2021
2. Siegrist Mill Bridge Marker
a 2011 storm.
 
Erected by Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉 series list.
 
Location. 40° 4.556′ N, 76° 28.249′ W. Marker is in West Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Siegrist Road 0.3 miles west of Farmdale Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4193 Siegrist Rd, Mount Joy PA 17552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forry's Mill Bridge (1869) (approx. ¾ mile away); Mountjoy Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); War Memorial Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Vietnam Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 2.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Trolleys (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Hempfield Township.
 
Siegrist Mill Bridge after the 2011 storm mentioned on marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pope, October 6, 2011
3. Siegrist Mill Bridge after the 2011 storm mentioned on marker
Siegrist Mill Bridge after the 2011 storm mentioned on marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pope, October 6, 2011
4. Siegrist Mill Bridge after the 2011 storm mentioned on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by William Pope of Marietta, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by William Pope of Marietta, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2021, by William Pope of Marietta, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
 
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