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5.18.2017

Lewistown's Old Stone Arch Bridge Park: Quaint 200+ Year Old Bridge

Dating back to 1813, Lewistown's Old Stone Arch Bridge is seriously old. No known bridge older than this exists west of it in the entire country. The borough of Lewistown has done something that I wish would happen with all classic bridges that are no longer capable of handling traffic, opening it and the surrounding area up as a public park. Included are benches for reflection and more. This quaint bridge was used for the Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Turnpike, not to be confused with the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
It is one of the top 50 oldest bridges in the country, according to bridgehunter.com, having been constructed more than 200 years ago. As I visited, there were people walking their dogs, laying out, picnicking, doing school/office work on laptops, taking photos, and more. It is an excellent place to pull off and relax along the old William Penn Highway corridor in Mifflin County. The bridge was stabilized and rehabilitated in 2006. 
If you noticed how high the mud line is, you can tell that this area had recently experienced high water conditions. This quaint bridge has a stunning history and is well worth checking out if you are in the area and looking for a place to relax.

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