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

Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge

 
 
Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
1. Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.  This covered bridge originally stood over the Conestoga River near Hinkletown in Earl Township before it was destroyed by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. It was relocated to this site and rebuilt in 1975. Prior to its relocation here this bridge was also known as Bear's Mill and the Keystone Mill Covered Bridge.

Wesley W. Upp originally built this covered bridge in 1876 near Christian Sensenig's Mill. It replaced an earlier bridge that was destroyed by winter rain and ice the previous year. Mennonite Pastor John S. Kurtz (1859-1927) purchased the mill property in 1894 from where this covered bridge derived its name. Kurtz's Mill was also known as the "Green Bank Mills" until he sold the property in 1923. In 1964 Kurtz's Mill was destroyed by a fire.
 
Erected by Lancaster Bicycle Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 40° 0.92′ N, 76° 16.936′ W. Marker is in West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on

View of Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
2. View of Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge
Like most other covered bridges in Lancaster County, the Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge contains a single lane carrying two-way traffic. It is advised to proceed with caution and yield to traffic traveling in the opposite direction, prior to crossing.
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Kiwanis Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located within Lancaster County Central Park, at a trailhead parking lot near the bottom of the Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 890 Kiwanis Dr, Lancaster PA 17602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rock Ford (approx. 0.6 miles away); At Rockford near here lived & died General Edward Hand, M.D. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stevens Greenland Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Conestoga Navigation Company (approx. 1.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, S.T.B. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Birthplace of the Pennsylvania Rifle (approx. 1˝ miles away).
 
More about this marker. The top left of the marker contains a map with the caption: "1875 Bridge Proposal"
The bottom left of the marker contains the Lancaster County seal, with the caption: "Lancaster County Commissioners: Chairman Joshua G. Parsons, Vice Chair Dennis P. Stuckey, Commissioner Craig E. Lehman. Bridge records courtesy of the Lancaster County Archives. Sign Provided by the Lancaster Bicycle Club."
 
Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
3. Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge & Marker
View of the underside of the Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
4. View of the underside of the Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge.
This photograph was taken from one of the many hiking trails at the Lancaster County Central Park. The "Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge" marker is visible on the other side of Mill Creek.
Plaque inside of bridge image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
5. Plaque inside of bridge
The plaque reads: "Co. of Lancaster Mill 2 A Kiwanis Road Lanc. Co. Central Park Kurtz's Mill 1876 94' To Report Damage 717-299-8323 For Emergency 911"
View of Mill Creek from the bridge window image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, June 27, 2020
6. View of Mill Creek from the bridge window
Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., May 26, 2021
7. Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge Marker
Looking south at bottom of inside wall at east end of bridge. It appears that a marker or other object was removed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on May 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   7. submitted on May 27, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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