Celebrating 200 Years of History in 2020

Waggoner’s Bridge (Also known as Thompson’s Bridge)

Marker

 

Marker is scheduled in 2017-2018.

Additional Information

Waggoner's Bridge

Waggoner’s Bridge is a Burr Arch Truss bridge built in 1889 by Joseph D. Lightner. The bridge is 84 feet long by 17 feet wide with an interior height of 12 feet 6 inches.  Planking is 3 inch by 15 feet.  The bridge is limited to foot traffic and is on private land owned and operated by the Historical Society of Perry County.  The bridge spans Bixler’s Run on an old abandoned section of Rt 274 in Tyrone Township on the right side of the road just west of Loysville. The site was also home to Waggoner’s Mill (An old grist mill and dam)

Posted on the National Register of Historical Places August 25, 1980  NRHP Ref 80003598 and World Guide to Covered Bridges No. 38-50-15

GPS  40 21.57 N  77 22.37 W     or

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 13 miles to Loysville and contiue on Rt 274 through Loysville for 1.7 miles.  The bridge will be on the right hand side of Rt 274 on an abandoned section of the old road.  Note that parking is difficult.

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.