Book’s Bridge

The original Burr Arch Truss bridge, constructed in 1883 (builder unknown) had Burr Arches sandwiched between multiple Kingposts.  The bridge is 88 feet long by 18 feet 10 inches wide and also had an interior height of 11 feet 5 inches. The planking size was cut to 2 inches by 14 feet. Demolished in 2003, the Book’s Bridge was replaced with a replica in the summer of 2004. Although the steel I-beam reinforced replica is wider than the original, it 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. The Commonwealth of PA now owns the bridge.

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

The Book’s Bridge historical marker GPS is 40 19.48 N  77.31.48 W  or  40.324681   -77.524564

From Interstate 81 (Exit67) take Rt 322/22 approximately 20 miles to the Exit for Newport and New Bloomfield. Next, 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.  Finally, turn left on 3 Springs Road (T3003). The bridge which spans Sherman’s Creek is 0.2 miles down the road..

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