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10.18.2015

Covered Bridges at Mingo Creek Park, Washington County, PA

We went for an autumn drive this weekend down to Mingo Creek Park in Washington County, PA, near Finleyville. This county park has two of the most well maintained and beautiful covered bridges around. For any people who love covered bridges, at 23 total, Washington County is a destination that you should check out. The first bridge from Mingo Creek Park, shown here, is the Ebenezer Bridge. 
Ebenezer Covered Bridge Coordinates: 40.1911° N, 80.0411° W
The date and builder associated with this bridge are lost in time. It was originally built in Charleroi at the Ebenezer Church, an area that was bulldozed during the construction of the interchange between the PA 43 Mon-Fayette Expressway, and I-70. It was rebuilt on the abutments of a previous bridge in this location in Mingo Creek Park. It now serves as a popular destination for picnickers, sightseers, photogs setting scenes for photo shoots, and as an overall beautiful centerpiece for an especially scenic section of the park. 
 It is said that the waters throughout the park are excellent for trout fishing. As a casual trout angler myself, I may have to get back down here at some point.
 The autumn colors though were so stunning in contrast with the barn red color of the bridge. This 32 foot long and 15 foot wide span is pretty cool.
 It is easy to see that this park is a very popular community gathering place. They even had a hayride going.
 Here is the Henry Covered Bridge. This bridge was built in this location in 1841. It is 36 feet long and 12'6 wide. As with the Ebenezer Covered Bridge, this span is also open to vehicular traffic.
Henry Covered Bridge Coordinates: 40.202222, -80.016944
If you want to take a nice autumn drive, be sure to take some time to check out Washington County's Mingo Creek Park. The scenery is gorgeous and their two covered bridges are beautiful. Below you can see the location of Mingo Creek County Park.
 

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