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Pequea in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Baumgardner's Mill Covered Bridge (1860)

Pequea #10

 
 
Baumgardner's Mill Covered Bridge (1860) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., May 30, 2021
1. Baumgardner's Mill Covered Bridge (1860) Marker
Inscription.  In June 1860 Lancaster County Commissioners acceptéd proposals for building a bridge here at Benjamin Harnish's mill between Martic and Pequea Townships. Davis Kitch Sr. (1812-1895) who was a blacksmith by trade built the original bridge at this location a few months later in October 1860 for $1,284. In 1872, Thomas Baumgardner (1816-1900) purchased the adjacent mill property. Baumgardner repaired the aging mill and put in new machinery. Thomas Baumgardner came to Lançaster in 1839 and was active in the mercantile and coal business. He was one of the originators of the cotton mills in Lancaster and built five large tobacco warehouses in Lancaster City. Baumgardner sold the mill to his son and business partner in 1891 but the bridge retained his name. This bridge was rebuilt in 1987 after heavy flood damages.

Notice to bridge-builders.--
Sealed Proposals for bullding a bridge across Pequea creek, at or near Benjamln Harnisb's Mill, between Martic and Peqoua townships, will be received at the Commissioner's 0ffice, at Lancaster, until 2 o'clock, P. M., on Monday, tbe 18th of June next.
Lancaster Intelligeacer,
At south end of bridge, inside of west wall image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., May 30, 2021
2. At south end of bridge, inside of west wall
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June 12, 1860

Flouring Mill of Thos. Baumgardner Esq. Pequea Tp. Lancaster County Penn.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1860.
 
Location. 39° 55.849′ N, 76° 17.7′ W. Marker is in Pequea, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Byerland Church Road near 88 Covered Bridge Road (Byerland Church Road), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pequea PA 17565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boehms Chapel (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Boehm's Chapel (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Cost of Dynamite (approx. 2.7 miles away); Colemanville Covered Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); First Settlement in Lancaster County (approx. 3.4 miles away); Conestoga (approx. 3.7 miles away); Blacksmith Shop (approx. 3.8 miles away); Millstones (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Baumgardner's Mill Covered Bridge -- Looking north. The marker, across the creek, cannot be seen. image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., May 30, 2021
3. Baumgardner's Mill Covered Bridge -- Looking north. The marker, across the creek, cannot be seen.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jun. 20, 2021