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Bloomsburg in Columbia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rupert Covered Bridge

A Popular Route for Travelers

 
 
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By TeamOHE, October 19, 2019
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Inscription.  Rupert Covered Bridge was built in 1847 by Jesse M. Beard at a cost of $1,637. It is located in the village of Rupert named after Leonard Rupert who established a ferry across the river and his home became a popular stopping off place for travelers. Farmers would shovel snow onto the bridge to create easy passage for sleds hauling passengers and logs. It is the longest remaining covered bridge in Columbia County and spans Fishing Creek.

The Battered Bridge

The bridge has survived several major floods including the 1904 Ice Jam Flood and the 1972 Flood of Tropical Storm Agnes and the impact of numerous automobile accidents in the interior of the structure. On September 22, 1994 the bridge was closed to all traffic due to its deteriorated condition. The bridge was reopened to traffic on June 25, 2001 following rehabilitation. The walls and roof are still self-supported, with a new load-bearing modern bridge constructed underneath.

What Keeps a Bridge Standing?

The bridge is a Burr Arch Truss which has been strengthened with steel l-Beams. The Burr Arch Truss is a combination of an arch and a multiple

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By TeamOHE, October 19, 2019
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kingpost truss design and was invented by Theodore Burr in 1804 making it one of the earliest and most prominent of designs. The idea was that the arch should be capable of bearing the entire load on the bridge while the truss keeps the bridge rigid. Either way, the combination of the arch and the truss provides a more stable bridge capable of supporting greater weight than either the arch or truss alone. It has an overall length of 185 ft., 4 inches and was originally a one-span bridge until two concrete piers were added during its 1999-2001 rehabilitation.

Bridge Facts

Rupert Bridge, 1963
Year Built: 1847
Waterway: Fishing Creek
Builder: Jesse M. Beard
Truss: Burr
 
Erected by The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
 
Location. 40° 58.904′ N, 76° 28.34′ W. Marker is in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia County. Marker is on Covered Bridge Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomsburg PA 17815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rupert Covered Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Native American Inhabitants Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort McClure

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(approx. 0.9 miles away); Wyoming Path (approx. 0.9 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 1˝ miles away); 261 West Main Street (approx. 1˝ miles away); 246 West Main Street (approx. 1˝ miles away); 259 West Main Street (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Rupert Covered Bridge. (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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