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Banks Covered Bridge - Neshannock Falls (Wilmington Twnp) PA

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The Banks Covered Bridge, built in 1889, spans the Neshannock Creek southwest of Volant in an area known as Neshannock Falls. The 122-foot-long span was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and is one of the last two covered bridges in Lawrence County. (c1975) Full Size


The bridge is located just east of an area known as Neshannock Falls, the once-thriving settlement laid out back in 1828. The small village was home to a host of grist mills situated along the creek. (Courtesy of the Todd Clark Collection)


The old covered bridge, a steel beam and timber structure that rests on stone abutments, underwent a $600,000 restoration project in 1999 that saw it refurbished and reinforced. (Courtesy of the Todd Clark Collection)


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The bridge sits is a peaceful location in Amish country. (c2014)

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  1. I grew up on the southeast side of New Castle in the 60s. The covered bridge at Neshannock Falls was a frequent destination for a fishing trip, usually on a day when I was “too sick” to go to school! It was a beautiful and peaceful respite and I’m glad to learn it has been preserved. I don’t get up that way very often, but the next time I do I will make plans to revisit the bridge.

    I have just found this site thanks to my older brother. Thank you for what you are doing. Though I’ve been gone 44 years, New Castle and Lawrence County will always be Home.

    Steve Campbell · 06/17/2013 05:33 PM · #

  2. The Banks covered bridge was named after my Great Grand Father James Law Banks. I have his wedding ring that he left to my father. The bridge is in beautiful condition. Harry L. Banks

    Harry Banks · 01/11/2014 05:28 PM · #

  3. From about 1968 to 1979, my family owned the little white cottage next to the bridge. My sisters and I grew up there as it became our summer home. We actually owned 1/4 of the bridge when we first bought the property. Then the state came in and said either we pay 1/4 of the bridge restoration or we could sell our share for one dollar. Dad said it was the fastest buck he ever made. LOL Many great memories of fishing, swimming, cutting an acre and a half of grass with a push mower: OK, the last one ain’t so great. Every time I am in town, I try to get out and see the place.

    L.J. Russell · 09/10/2015 09:22 AM · #