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Newtown Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bartram Bridge

c. 1860

 

— The last remaining covered bridge in Delaware County, PA —

 
Bartram Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
1. Bartram Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Built by Ferdinand Wood
Designed that the portals be
“Hi and wide as a load of hay”
Cost shared by Delaware and Chester Counties
Named for Mordecai Bartram

 
Erected by Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉, and the Pennsylvania, Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 39° 59.392′ N, 75° 26.223′ W. Marker is in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of Goshen Road and Boot Road, on the left when traveling west on Goshen Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6003 Goshen Rd, Newtown Square PA 19073, 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. William Lewis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Lewis Barn Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away); High Larches (approx. ¾ mile away); Preston Mansion
Bartram Bridge Marker - Roadside image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
2. Bartram Bridge Marker - Roadside
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); Clara Harlowe Barton (approx. 1.4 miles away); Betsy Ross (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elizabeth Fry (approx. 1½ miles away); Mary Lyon (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown Township.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bartram Covered Bridge ~ Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Newtown Square Website. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Burr Truss ~ Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Bartram's, the last covered bridge in Delaware County, PA
The Bartram Covered Bridge spans the county line between Delaware and Chester Counties over Crum Creek near the intersection of Goshen and Boot Roads. It is the last covered bridge remaining in Delaware County, a county which at one time had over 30 covered bridges. This bridge has unique slanted plank portals, and is the only bridge in the state of Pennsylvania with this unusual design.
It was built in 1860 by Ferdinand Wood, who designed the
Bartram Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
3. Bartram Bridge
portals to be “Hi and Wide as a Load of Hay,” Bartram Bridge is 80 feet long and is 13 feet wide. The original cost of $1,133 to build the bridge was shared by both Delaware and Chester Counties. It is named for Mordecai Bartram, an adjacent landowner. The bridge design, was pioneered by Theodore Burr, and it features the Burr Truss, commonly found in Pennsylvania covered bridges of the time.
    — Submitted December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
 
Bartram's Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
4. Bartram's Covered Bridge Marker
Placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
1980
Bartram's Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
5. Bartram's Covered Bridge
The view of the Bridge from Crum Creek
Bartram Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2015
6. Bartram Bridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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