Celebrating 200 Years of History in 2020

Rice’s Bridge (also known as Landisburg Bridge)

Marker

 

Marker is scheduled in 2017-2018

Additional Information

Rice's Bridge

Rice’s Bridge, also know as Landisburg Bridge, is a Burr Arch and Queenpost Truss bridge.  Built in 1869 by local Perry Countain, Zachary Rice, it is 132 feet long by 18 feet wide with an interior height of 11 feet 5 inches.  The floor length is 124 inches and the planking is 2 inches by 16 feet.  The original structure was most unusual with single Burr Arches sandwiched with multiple Kingposts and two Queenpost trusses overlaying 2 spans, each Queenpost rests on the center pier and the Burr Arches rest on the abutments. There are two windows on each side.  The bridge was reconstructed in 2003 but not rebuilt for heavy traffic.

The bridge spans Sherman’s Creek in Tyrone Township near Landisburg and is owned by Perry County

Posted on the National Register of Historical Places August 25, 1980  NRHP Ref 80003596 and World Guide to Covered Bridges No. 38-50-10

GPS  40 20.15 N  77 18.57 W      or      40.336029  -77.309397

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 sign 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 approximately 6.8  miles through Elliotsburg and then left on Rt 74 at the West Perry High School. Go 2.8 miles to Alinda and turn right on Rt 850.  Go 1.3 miles into Landisburg on Main St and turn left on Carlisle Street.  Go about 400 feet and turn a slight right onto Kennedy Valley Road.  The bridge is 0.4 mile 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.