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Stephanie | all galleries >> Monthly Challenges >> December Challenge - CIRCLES, RECTANGLES & TRIANGLES > RECTANGULAR SMITH'S BRIDGE - Northern Delaware
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Smith Bridge was originally built in 1839 as a covered, one-lane wooden span over the Brandywine just south of the Pennsylvania line. It was destroyed in 1961 when it was set on fire the night before Halloween in 1961. The Delaware Department of Transportation rebuilt the bridge without a cover.
It was an unattractive, concrete bridge.

In 2002, the "new" Smith Bridge, which spans the Brandywine River, was "rebuilt" in the spirit of the original covered bridge at a cost of $1.2 million.
It is still a one-lane bridge.

To view a snowy Smith's Bridge click on the image below:

To view others participating in the December challenge, click here:

Canon EOS 40D
1/200s f/6.3 at 28.0mm iso125 full exif

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Jola Dziubinska31-Dec-2009 11:19
Fantastic find of this cool architecture.
Timothy Guenther27-Dec-2009 18:54
Cool bridge. I'm glad it was rebuilt.
wernere0125-Dec-2009 14:29
Unusual but eye-catching.
Cindi Smith23-Dec-2009 23:46
So nice of them to name a bridge after me! Love the shot! Very, very nice! Looks like Walter will have you hopping from one area to the next!hehe;)
lisamidi23-Dec-2009 20:25
Very nice image of a beautiful bridge.
Mieke WA Minkjan23-Dec-2009 06:18
looks a bit like the swiss bridges.. perfect capture
Carl and Racine Erland23-Dec-2009 05:43
A coverd bridge...what a great rectangle, along with a few other shapes mixed in. Nice to see the snowy version too and appreicate the info...lots of dedicated people to organize this reconstruction.
carol j. phipps23-Dec-2009 01:33
Excellent pov for this capture!
Doug Cruden22-Dec-2009 23:01
I think Phil's finally cracked...great shot Stephanie, the red-orange of the bridge is a lovely splash of colour in the bleak PA winter...I bet it blends in beautifully in the autumn :o)
laine22-Dec-2009 22:27
They're so uniquely lovely...great capture, the Patti Page video too :)
Barbara Heide22-Dec-2009 22:07
this bridge stands out... great take!
Frank Brault22-Dec-2009 21:36
Love this bridge and the colors.
Marielou Dhumez22-Dec-2009 21:25
Seems to me I know this bridge, my brother showed it to me one time...!
you made of it an excellent picture !
Ed McConnell22-Dec-2009 21:22
great find and shot Stephanie..interesting bridge.
Bernard Davis22-Dec-2009 18:11
Lovely bridge, and a nice scene.
borisalex22-Dec-2009 17:50
For that money steady and long lasting! :) Nice light on that!
Walter O. Koenig22-Dec-2009 17:30
Nice pre-snow Wyeth Country image. This was built since I was in the area. Had to look up where it is, just south of Chadds Ford between the 100 and 202. Look forward to seeing more Wyeth Country images. How about the Brandywine River Museum or some of the old houses along Baltimore Pike? :)
LynnH22-Dec-2009 16:45
I love Pennsylvania's covered bridges. Glad to see that this one was restored! Nice, colorful scene with good perspective!
Phillip Normanton22-Dec-2009 16:34
That sneaky rectangular bridge is trying to hide some triangles and a bit of a circle from us - but we're all so shape-centric this month that it has no chance of keeping them secret!! What was it thinking??!! :o)
Kathryn22-Dec-2009 14:46
Lovely capture.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)22-Dec-2009 13:49
Excellent capture! BV
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