Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Sachs Bridge

The Sachs Bridge Southwest of Gettysburg, PA

A small plaque on the bridge's stone wall reads, "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."

Inside the Sachs Bridge showing the lattice trusses



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