Juniata County has four remaining bridges. of the four they have the distinction of having the longest covered bridge in the state of Pennsylvania, (Academia/Pomeroy).The bridge went under a complete restoration in 2008, I do believe it is site to behold and a bridge worth photographing. As of this date I have heard nothing or restoration on the other three bridges. Of the four bridges in this county I would say Dimmsville and East Oriental are in the worse shape and ready to colapse. I do have further history data under each thumbnail.
Academia / Pomeroy Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 29.61 W77 28.36)
The bridge has gone under a complete restoration and was reconstructed to its original design. The photos that are in the Photo Album under "after" will give you an idea just what kind of job was done on this beautiful structure. I do believe this bridge is now the show piece and Grand Daddy of all our Pennsylvania Covered Bridges.
The following web site gives a very interesting historical account of the bridge. History of the bridge
The bridge is located just southeast of Twp. rt. 336 off Sr 3013 southeast of Academia.
This is the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning Tuscarora creek. Its length is 270 feet and width is 15 feet 6 inches. The structure utilizes the Burr Arch design, it was originally built in 1870 by James M. Groninger. The bridge is owned by the Juniata County Historical Society. It is only opened to foot traffic.
Dimmsville Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 36.38 W77 08.32)
The bridge is located on SR 2017 just north of Dimmsville in Greenwood twp, 1.2 miles south of SR 235.
My first impression of this bridge was one of disbelief, to see such a beautiful structure in such poor condition.. One end of the bridge is completely blocked by construction garbage, I assume this was put there by the construction company that owns the property. The owners of the construction company is also burning garbage very close to the bridge. I would not be surprised to see this bridge burned down in the near future, and what a shame it would be for such a historical value such as this to end up this way.
The bridge was built in 1902 and the builder is unknown The length is 100 ft. and the width is 15 ft. The bridge is on private property and spans the Cocolamus creek.
East Oriental / Meiser's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 38.32 W77 00.09)
This bridge is located on private land east of Oriental in Juniata County just north of State Route 2024, Juniata County and State Route 3002, Snyder County. The structure was built in 1907 using the Burr Truss, it has 1 span and crosses the Hahantango Creek. The length is 90 ft. and the width is 15 ft. 6 in. The builder is unknown and the owner is private. There is no traffic allowed on the bridge.
The bridge is in sad condition, it seems it is owned by two different parties, 90 % by Carol (Strawser) Hoffman (Snyder County) and 10% by a gentleman in Juniata County. Mrs Strawser is all for restoring the bridge but her co-owner is less than enthusiastic about the idea and is happy to just use his 10% as a storage shed. The bridge is in a beautiful location by an old mill and would be any asset for tourism to both counties if it ever were restored.
Port Royal / Lehman's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 31.36 W77 23.73)
The bridge is located on the west edge of Port Royal, Pa., just west of SR 333 approx. 0.2 miles from SR 75. It was a pleasure to see such a fine maintained structure after seeing the other two bridges Juniata County had to offer. This bridge is located on private property and is owned by the Lehman family since 1969. and is beautifully taken care of with a rustic fence on both sides. The bridge is a private entrance to the Lehman property. The original bridge was built in 1888 and destroyed by hurricane Agnes in 1972. The Lehman's had it rebuilt using steel supported stringer structure with a Burr arch design (for decoration) The bridge crosses Licking creek. The length of the structure is 108 feet and has a width of 15 feet 6 inches. The original builder is unknown.