LENHARTSVILLE PA – The historic covered Dreibelbis Station Bridge, which is said to be haunted by a headless man, is expected to be renovated by the end of 2016 with $1.4 million of federal and local grant money, The Reading (PA) Eagle newspaper has reported. There’s no telling, though, if the alleged ghost will be rehabilitated too.
Berks County paranormal actitivies author Charles J. Adams III, who has spent 30 years chronicling ghost stories in more than 32 books on haunted places across the Mid-Atlantic States, lists the bridge as one of the spots to visit on the “Greater Reading Haunts and Hexes Ghost Trail” created by the borough’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The bridge was built in 1869, and is one of only five covered bridges remaining in Berks County; at one time there were more than 50. The bridge is created with what is known as “Burr truss,” a support that combines an arch with angled beams and allows the bridge to stretch over the Maiden Creek without posts holding it up in the middle.
Even without the ghost story, the bridge would attract plenty of tourist attention, bureau representatives say. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, it ranks among the top 20-longest covered bridges in the United States.
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