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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sach's Covered Bridge
 
Sach's Covered Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. Sach's Covered Bridge Marker
 
Inscription. The Sachs Bridge, built in 1852 by David S. Stoner, is one of the few remaining bridges built using Connecticut architect Ithiel Town's lattice system of support trusses. Part of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia began its retreat to Virginia by crossing the bridge after the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. In 1938, the Pennsylvania Highway Department determined that the Sachs Bridge was the most historic covered bridge in the state. It was closed to traffic in 1968 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Floodwaters swept it from its abutments on June 19, 1996. The County of Adams rehabilitated the bridge by supporting its trusses with steel beams and by raising its elevation three feet.
 
Erected 1997 by The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.
 
Location. 39° 47.851′ N, 77° 16.56′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Works Road and Pumping Station Road, on the right 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.
 
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Sach's Covered Bridge Plaques Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Sach's Covered Bridge Plaques
On the left is a plaque detailing the county officials, architects, and contractors responsible for the rehabilitation of the bridge. On the right is a list of donors to the project.
 
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania..." (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.
 
Sach's Covered Bridge Seen from Pumping Station Road Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. Sach's Covered Bridge Seen from Pumping Station Road
 
 
Interior of the Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
4. Interior of the Bridge
The steel beams are well camouflaged by the wood work.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,305 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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