The fifty-four-foot, Ithiel Town wooden lattice truss bridge was reinforced with steel Ibeams in 1969. It occupies a steep, wooded valley where Red Clay Creek makes a hairpin turn and is twice crossed by the Wilmington and Western Railroad (blasted through an adjacent ridge in 1871–1872, a cut so narrow that fast trains risked scraping against the sides). A station was built near the bridge and Wooddale became popular with picnickers. North of the bridge are traces of Delaware Iron Works (active 1814–c. 1890), a sheet-iron rolling mill operated by Philadelphia entrepreneur Alan Wood. A village was centered at Wooddale in the 1890s but disappeared after the last factory, a paper mill, burned in 1918. Of the Red Clay Creek's thirteen bridges shown on an 1868 map, only Wooddale and its near-twin at Ashland (CH35) survived to 2003, when the former was destroyed by the record flood. It is scheduled for rebuilding.
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Wooddale Covered Bridge
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