A bronze plaque located near the bridge states: "In 1938, the Pennsylvania Highway Department determined that the Sachs Bridge was the most historic covered bridge in the state". It makes those claims for good reason. The bridge was used for the movement of both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War battle at nearby Gettysburg in 1863. The bridge, which has also been known as "Saucks Bridge", was built in 1854 by David Spooner and runs 100 feet across the Marsh Creek in Cumberland Township, PA. In 1996 the bridge was lifted off its foundation and carried a short distance downstream. Repairs were made on the bridge in 1997. The bridge was closed to traffic in 1968 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is said to be a hot spot for ghost hunters seeking contact with the souls of three people who were allegedly hung at one end of the bridge.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, who owns the bridge, really has done a remarkable job at landscaping and upkeep in the bridge area.
There was a completely light grey sky out when I shot this back on 11-16-2013. Grey, uninteresting skies seems to be the norm when I go out shooting with the 4x5. Grrrr.
Camera: Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Lens: Schneider 90mm f/5.6 Super-Angulon lens in a Copal 0 shutter mounted on recessed lens board. Bag bellows used to allow movements with the wide lens.
Film: Arista EDU 100 Ultra B&W 100 ISO Negative Film, shot at 64 ISO.
Exposure: 2 seconds @ F32. Metered with Pentax 1 degree spot meter.
Development: Self Developed film in Kodak Xtol 1+2 in Paterson Universal Tank using the Taco Method. 13 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius. Tap water stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo. Hung on shower curtain to dry on film clips.
Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two scans and merged back together in PhotoShop since the V600 doesn't natively support 4x5 scans in one pass. Cropped to taste in Lightroom 4.