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Covered bridges symbolize small-town America . Picturesque and sentimental, "kissing bridges" recall a time when life was simpler and closer to the land. Covered bridges complement autumn leaves and autumn emotions. Photogenic and often remote from the Interstate Highways and cities of the twentieth century, covered bridges lure the explorer to find the little streams and dirt roads that the twentieth century has almost passed by.
Among the pastoral beauty of Central Pennsylvania, Columbia and Montour counties contain a rich heritage from an era long since past. Visitors will find the third largest concentration of covered bridges in the state of PA within our counties. Of the area's most historical attributes, probably the most prominent are the existence of the twenty four (24) nineteenth century covered bridges, and one (1) twentieth century covered bridge. Columbia County is the home of the only twin covered bridge in the United States (East and West Paden Bridges ).In and around the town of Bloomsburg , you can find five of the twenty-five standing covered bridges.
East and West Paden (The Twin Bridges) - The only twin covered bridges in the United States are located in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County . The bridges can be found spanning Huntington Creek just east of Pa. Rte. 487 and east of Forks, off 1020. The Twin Bridges were constructed in 1884 by W.C. Pennington for $720. They were named after John Paden who operated a nearby sawmill. Twin Bridges County Park was created in 1963 when the new road (1020) bypassed the structures. Truss: Queenpost, Burr
Josiah Hess Bridge - is located on Huntington Creek, in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County . This bridge is located between Forks and Jonestown on Twp. Rte. 363, off 1020. The bridge was constructed in 1875 by Joseph Redline, at a cost of $1,349.50. It was named after the Hess family who owned a sawmill and farm nearby. Truss: Burr
Rupert Bridge - is located between the Town of Bloomsburg and Montour Township in Columbia County . Spanning Fishing Creek, the bridge can be found on Twp. Rte. 449, off 4001, and near Pa. Rte. 42, in the village of Rupert . At a cost of $1,637, the Rupert bridge was built in 1847 by Jesse W. Beard. It was named after the nearby village which was settled by Leonard Rupert in 1788. Rupert established a ferry across the river and his home became a popular stop off place for travelers. Truss: Burr
Wanich Bridge - is located on Little Fishing Creek between Hemlock and Mount Pleasant Townships in Columbia County . It can be found on Twp. Rte. 493, off Pa. Rte. 42 North of Fernville and Bloomsburg. George Russell built the Wanich bridge in 1844 at a cost of $500. The bridge was named after John Wanich who was a farmer that resided nearby. Truss: Burr
The " Covered Bridges of Columbia and Montour Counties " is one of the most popular brochures produced by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. This user-friendly brochure details the history of these beloved bridges plus provides a driving map so enthusiasts can experience a self-guided tour of our most popular and cherished landmarks. For more information on the bridges of Columbia and Montour counties visit www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com to download a copy of this free brochure or email email@example.com to request a copy of the brochure to be mailed to you. You may also contact the Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-847-4810.