|Historical Postcard showing the 'Big Crossings' bridge and Somerfield. Image submitted by Vince Ferrari.|
|The town of Somerfield - Image courtesy of cardcow.com|
|The second Great Crossings bridge and Youghiogheny Lake - image courtesy of cardcow.com|
|A wide range view of the original Yough River 'Great Crossings' bridge. Somerfield was along the banks to the right. (Vince Ferrari)|
The 1946 replacement bridge didn't have as long as a life as the first Great Crossing Bridge. Considered obsolete by modern standards - a replacement bridge was built immediately north and parallel of the bridge. The new modern bridge opened in 2006 and the second Great Crossings Bridge was then torn down. And even with the new bridge, if the water level is low enough and you look to the North and down below, that first Great Crossings Bridge will be there offering a brief glimpse into the past.
|A close up of the sandstone bridge shows how amazingly excellent shape it is in after being underwater for over 70 years. (Vince Ferrari)|
|What was once Bridge Street and the National Road through Somerfield towards the Great Crossings Bridge (Brian Powell)|
|The newest bridge carrying US 40 (2006) towers above what was once the town of Somerfield (Brian Powell)|
|A closer view of the Great Crossings bridge shows that though still intact it had deteriorated. (Brian Powell)|
- West to Searights Toll House
- East to the Petersburg Toll House and Mason-Dixon Line
- Return to US 40 National Road Index
- (1) Lowry, Patricia. "A bridge to the 19th century." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 7, 1999.
- (2) "History of the Yoghiogheny Bridges." Youghiogheny Reservoir Bridge Replacement Project. May 2004. Archive accessed 5/15/17.
- (3) "Some History About Somerfield, Pennsylvania." Somerset County / Pennsylvania Geneology.
- Vince Ferrari
- Brian Powell
- SWPA Rural Exploration - Youghiogheny Dam and abandoned town of Somerfield, PA
- The Great Crossings Inn