Monday, July 9, 2007

A ride in the Country

After taking my dad out to eat at Slicks Ivy Stone in Bedford County we decided to take a little ride in the country. We headed West on 869 which goes from Osterburg to Pavia and eventually to Blue Knob. We encountered the Bowser Covered Bridge.
This bridge is a Burr Truss bridge with horizontal bracing at truss top level. It spans Bob's Creek, just west of Route 869, about 1.5 miles northwest of Osterburg. Bypassed by a steel and concrete bridge in 1973, it is now closed with a cable across the entrance. County owned.

It has vertical boards on the lower 1/3rd of the bridge. It sits on stone and mortar abutments.
It is 90 feet long and 12 1/2 feet wide.

On the other side of the bridge Bob's Creek lazily flowed along.

We came upon this old building which my dad says was a grist mill. Grist mill's were powered by a water wheels and were used to grind corn and whole grains which could be made into bread. If this mill had a wheel I could not see it from this view. But I thought it was an interesting site.

Check out the link for grist mills on the right.

We ended up in dry run and I snapped a shot of one of our favorite deer.

To end my day I was able to get this photo of a female hummingbird scoping out Dad's Nicotiana.

Oh sing unto the Lord a new song;
for he hath done marvelous things
To God be the Glory!


Bird Girl said...

A nice 'outing' with your dad. What was the grist mill made of? Looks a bit like that stacked stone. A neat building. Like the bridge and hummer shots.

jalynn01 said...

If the grist mill is made of stacked stones, they are perfectly shaped like bricks. I learned alot looking it up. There is some great history out there to be explored if one had the time.

Jotter Jan said...

Nice little trip...thanks for taking us along:-)

Red said...

It's nice to see how the bridge looks today. Thanks for sharing the photos for those of us who don't live in PA anymore.

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