1880's historic bridge originally from Utah is part of ongoing Auburn Valley restoration plans

Progress continues in Yorklyn as state agencies and other stakeholders move forward with the village’s ongoing revitalization.

On Friday, June 1, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation installed a pedestrian bridge on a trail near the Preserve at Auburn Heights in Yorklyn, using a restored historic bridge.

According to a press release from DNREC, the 120-foot-long, 15-foot-wide McIntyre Bowstring Bridge was built in 1883 and originally hails from Iowa. It is the first of four total bridge projects to be done over the next two years.

Two other refurbished historic bridges will be set in new locations, and one existing bridge will be replaced with another refurbished historic bridge, the release states.

Each bridge will be from the late 1800s, hailing from different states and with different individual styles.

The “new” bridges are part of the Auburn Valley Master Plan, hailed as a “multi- year project designed to remediate and repurpose the former NVF paper mill site while connecting new and existing trails in the region” by DNREC.

In the past year, the massive iconic main production building with the “NVF” logo facing Yorklyn Road came down to make way for an eventual residential project, as well as numerous trail improvements throughout the Auburn Valley.

The goal is to eventually create a series of walking paths that connect the NVF site with both the Center for the Creative Arts and Auburn Heights, as well as other local destinations like Dew Point Brewing, which sits along the Snuff Mill side of the road.

The restored bowstring bridge connects a new trail on the NVF side of the Red Clay Creek and existing trails there, to the Auburn Heights side, including the Auburn Heights Mansion and Museum and the trails located there, according to DNREC.

In a statement, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin said the restored bridge will create the critical link between the NVF site and the Auburn Heights complex.

“We are really pleased to be a part of this historic bridge being relocated, seeing new life, and becoming repurposed for the public’s enjoyment,” Garvin said.

The bridge was installed just weeks ahead of the second Yorklyn Day celebration on Sunday, July 1, which highlights the “history, heritage, and spirit of Yorklyn,” according to the event’s webpage.