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Cleland Mill Bridge - North Beaver Twnp PA

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This wooden covered bridge, spanning Hickory Creek along Cleland Mill Road, was erected in 1882. It was located at the former site of a three-story grist mill built by Thomas Clelland in about 1830. The mill was closed in 1851 when its dam was washed away and the mill building was lost to a fire in about 1873. The bridge was sometimes referred to as Flat Rock Bridge, as it was located right next to Flat Rock – a small swimming hole that was popular with residents of Mount Jackson and Mahoningtown. The structure was slated for replacement in the early 1950’s and was severely damaged by a arsonist’s fire on the early morning of Thursday, October 8, 1953. A new steel and concrete bridge was soon built at the location, which was again replaced by a concrete span in 1977. (c1950) Full Size

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