Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sachs Covered Bridge, Gettysburg PA

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.

It is rumored that deserters have been hanged here, and many people have reported odd happenings, such as smells, feeling sick, coldness, seeing soldiers, ect...

I have never experience anything here, but it is something to see and to look up at the truss lattice and think of those who may have been hanged.

Sachs Bridge, also called Sauck's Bridge, spans Marsh Creek at 100 feet long. The bridge is owned by the Gettysburg Preservation Association and is open to pedestrians only as it was closed in 1968 to traffic. A bronze plaque located near the restored bridge states: "In 1938, the Pennsylvania Highway Department determined that the Sachs Bridge was the most historic covered bridge in the state.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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