Celebrating 200 Years of History in 2020

Book’s Bridge (Also known as Kauffman Bridge)

Marker

Book's Bridge

Marker scheduled in 2017-2018

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Additional Information

The original Burr Arch Truss bridge, constructed in 1883 (builder unknown) had Burr Arches sandwiched between multiple Kingposts and is 88 feet long by 18 feet 10 inches wide and had an interior height of 11 feet 5 inches. Planking was 2 inched by 14 feet.  Book’s Bridge was demolished in 2003 and was replaced with a replica in the summer of 2004.  The steel I-beam reinforced replica is wider but still maintains the appearance of the original bridge complete with a shingled roof.  The bridge spans Sherman’s Creek in Jackson Township CR3003 near Blain and is owned by the Commonwealth of PA.

Posted on the National Register of Historical Places August 25, 1980  NRHP Ref 80003592 and World Guide to Covered Bridges No. 38-50-13

GPS  40 19.48 N  77.31.48 W  or  40.324681   -77.524564

Directions from Harrisburg

From Interstate 81 (Exit67) take Rt 322/22 aproximately 20 miles to the Exit for Newport and New Bloomfield. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt 34.
Travel 1 mile and cross the Juniata River on the old Iron Bridge, continuing straight through town (Market St) to the stop sigh at the corner of 4th and Market St.  Turn left and continue on Rt 34 for 5 miles to New Bloomfield.
At the Square in New Bloomfield continue straight through on Rt 274.  Travel 19 miles to Blain.  Turn left in Blain on Rt 274 and travel 1.3 miles.  Turn left on 3 Springs Road (T3003).  The bridge which spans Sherman’s Creek is 0.2 miles down the road..

Perry County Heritage Trail

The Perry County Bicentennial Committee is happy to be involved with the research and writing of much of the content of the history of Perry County. The committee has been instrumental in working with sponsors to procure and install the markers as shown in this Heritage Trail website.