New cast-iron lanterns being installed on the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge

 

→ New cast-iron lanterns being installed on the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge – The York Daily Record

I like the fact that they are maintaining the period aesthetic with the new lights. Now all we have to do is rebuild the historic covered bridge that ran along the old piers just to the north of the modern Columbia-Wrightsville bridge. This would be an expensive project but the boost to the local economies from the influx of tourist dollars would be permanent and an attraction of that magnitude would easily become a national (possibly world) news story while being built, essentially providing millions of dollars worth of free advertising. In addition to becoming a stand alone crown jewel of local historic attractions upon completion, it would also serve as an important tourism magnet  – due to it’s Civil War connection – to draw people from Gettysburg to, and through, York and Lancaster counties.

As part of the planned riverfront park in Wrightsville a metal walkway will be constructed from the shore to the first pier on the river’s western shore. This is a great idea, but why stop there? And why settle for a metal walkway and not a full blown reproduction of the covered bridge complete with the original interior lanes for wagon, foot and canal boat horse traffic?

I’m sure I’m not the first person to ponder the idea of bringing the bridge back to life. Perhaps the time has come for York and Lancaster Counties to work together on such a groundbreaking project. 

Veterans Memorial Bridge from the Columbia River Park, PA

View of the Veterans Memorial Bridge looking west across the Susquehanna River towards Wrightsville. The old covered bridge piers can be seen to the right of the modern bridge. Photo © visitpadutchcountry.com

 
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