Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania...”
After it washed nearly 100 yards downstream in a flooded Marsh Creek on June 18, 1996, workers salvaged the Sachs Bridge. Within a year it again bridged the creek, with over 90% of its original truss and lattice intact. Its rehabilitation shows the benefits of an effective partnership between people and government. The County worked with many individuals and groups to preserve this part of its history.
The preservation of Adams County's historic and agricultural resources reinforces our sense of place in the world and our understanding of our history. It resists the homogenization so common in modern society and the resulting "geography of nowhere." As recently as the 1930s there were nearly 900 covered bridges in Pennsylvania, the most in the United States. Twenty-four stood in Adams County. Now, only three covered bridges survive in Adams County, with only a few more than 200 in Pennsylvania. They stand as silent documents of the state's rural history.
Erected by County of Adams.
Location. 39° 47.854′ N, 77° 16.553′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Works Road and Pumping Station Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Water Station Road crosses the bridge, but is closed to vehicle traffic. Parking areas are located on either end of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sach's Covered Bridge (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Sachs Covered Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Helicopter Landing Pad (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Guest House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Guest House Railings (approx. 0.7 miles away); Follow in the Footsteps (approx. 0.7 miles away); Secret Service Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Pond (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a collection of photographs under the heading: Compare these photographs of the Sachs
Below the photographs is this attribution: Financial support provided through a Local History Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the County of Adams, and the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, 1998.
Also see . . . Sach's Covered Bridge. Some additional details about the bridge. (Submitted on June 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,164 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.