Friday, June 23, 2017

Along the Way: Forksville Covered Bridge

The Forksville Covered Bridge
Sullivan County is graced by the beauty of three covered bridges and one afternoon Zech and I set out to visit and photograph them. At one time thirty covered bridges stood within the boundaries of the county, but only three still exist.

After making a stop at World’s End State Park, we continued to Forksville along Route 154. Entering into town we could immediately see the Forksville Covered Bridge on the left, spanning Loyalsock Creek.

There is a church on the opposite side of the road where I parked and prepared to explore the covered bridge. I was immediately aware of the amount of traffic on Route 154 that day and with not a lot of space along the road, we carefully crossed the road to take pictures. Even the bridge was busy this particular day and we found ourselves waiting for them to cross before returning to our picture taking.

The single span bridge crosses the Loyalsock Creek just north of the forks, or confluence, of it and the Little Loyalsock Creek. It was erected in 1850 by eighteen-year-old Sadler Rogers (also spelled Rodgers in some sources). It has a Burr Truss design with a length of one hundred and forty-six feet. It rests on stone abutments that have been reinforced with concrete and is supported by steel beams . Inside the bridge, wooden wheel guards allow for a safe walkway for pedestrians. The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 1980.

Postcard featuring the Forksville Covered Bridge
Postmarked 1958
Postcard is a part of the author's personal collection
The Forksville Covered Bridge is one of those rare bridges that photographs nicely from many different locations.

After visiting the bridge, we stopped a short distance away from the bridge, close to where Route 154 meets Route 87 to visit a familiar blue Pennsylvania Historical Marker. The marker is for football legend Harold “Red” Grange who was born in Forksville.

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