Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge

The Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge or Butcher's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Cocalico Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After the Landis Mill Covered Bridge, it is the second shortest covered bridge in the county.[2] A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Cocalico #2 Bridge.

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
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Coordinates40°12′29″N 76°8′5″W / 40.20806°N 76.13472°W / 40.20806; -76.13472Coordinates: 40°12′29″N 76°8′5″W / 40.20806°N 76.13472°W / 40.20806; -76.13472
CarriesT 955
CrossesCocalico Creek
LocaleLancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Official nameCocalico #2 Bridge
Other name(s)Butcher's Mill
Maintained byLancaster County
NBI Number367210085505020
Total length64 ft (20 m)
Width15 ft (4.6 m)[1]
Height10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Load limit4 short tons (3.6 t)
Constructed byElias McMellen
MPSCovered Bridges of Lancaster County TR
NRHP reference No.80003514
Added to NRHPDecember 11, 1980
Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
Location of Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania

The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks.[3] It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-12. In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003514.[4] It is located at 40°12′28.2″N 76°8′4.8″W / 40.207833°N 76.134667°W / 40.207833; -76.134667 (40.20783, -76.134667)[5] to the northeast of Ephrata, Pennsylvania off Pennsylvania Route 272 on Cocalico Creek Road.


The Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1891Note: [6] by Elias McMellen, using single span, wooden, double Burr arch truss construction, at a cost of $1167. A year later, in 1892, the bridge was damaged heavily in a flood and was rebuilt by McMellen for $1025.[2] At only sixty four feet long, it is one of the shortest covered bridges in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


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  1. ^ McCain, Roger A. "Butcher's Mill Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on July 14, 1998. Retrieved August 3, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  3. ^ "Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-10-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  4. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  5. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-36-12". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
  6. ^ Note: McCain lists a build date of 1892.