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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania...”

 
 
"...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania..." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. "...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania..." Marker
Inscription. Built for the County by workers under David Stoner in 1852, the Sachs Bridge is an Adams County landmark. It was crossed by both armies during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, and carried parts of the Army of Northern Virginia as it retreated. Before its 1996-97 rehabilitation, its deck was supported by a truss-lattice based on a design by architect Ithiel Town.

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.

What
Marker at the East Approach to the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Marker at the East Approach to the Bridge
keepsakes do you and your family preserve? What historic resources should we preserve? For what reasons?

 
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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
The Sachs Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. The Sachs Bridge
Sachs Bridge. How has the site changed over time? How are these changes reflected in the surrounding landscape?
Immediately below the heading is a photograph from June 19, 1996. Swept from its abutments, the bridge rests by the dam downstream. On the lower left of the collection, The 1890s. The Sachs Bridge before the automobile. In the right center The 1930s: Carrying cars between Cumberland and Freedom Townships. And in the lower right 1994: Structural deterioration of a bridge long closed to traffic.

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 & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Downstream Dam image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
4. Downstream Dam
The bridge was swept downstream during a flood in 1996 to a point on the bank opposite the marker.
Lattice Construction of the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
5. Lattice Construction of the Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,297 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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