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Construct Your Own Covered Bridge With Columbia-Mountour Visitors Bureau's Latest Puzzle

Nov 23, 2014 09:30AM ● By Erica Shames

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the arrival of its fourth 500-piece Covered Bridge puzzle depicting a winter scene of the East and West Paden (Twin) Bridges. The Visitors Bureau is currently selling the puzzles for $12, tax included.  A $2 donation from every puzzle sold will be made by the Bureau to the Columbia County Covered Bridge Association.  Puzzles may be purchased at either Visitors Bureau Welcome Center (Columbia County: 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg; Montour County: 316 Mill Street, Danville).  The Visitors Bureau will also have puzzles for sale at its booth at the Bloomsburg Fair located in the State & County Building, as well as the Covered Bridge and Arts Festival from October 2-5 inside Pavilion H at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort. Limited quantities of 250 puzzles are available on a first come, first serve basis.         

Covered Bridge Association President, Chris Young recommends “slowing down with a good cup of coffee on a cold winter day and putting together your Twin Bridges puzzle. As you reminisce about time gone by, know that the $2 you donated will ensure these bridges are here for future generations to enjoy.” This puzzle is the fourth in the series produced by the Visitors Bureau. The first puzzle was a fall scene of the Twin Covered Bridges, the second of the Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge, and the third of the Keefer Mill Covered Bridge. The Visitors Bureau is running a special sale while supplies last, buy one of The Twin Covered Bridges puzzle and save $4 on the Keefer Mills Bridge puzzle. All three puzzles are on display at the Danville Welcome Center. The CMVB’s puzzles have become a collector’s item and make great Christmas gifts.             

East and West Paden (The Twin Bridges) are located in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County. The bridges can be found spanning Huntington Creek just east of Route 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. The puzzle photo was taken by Linda Sones, the Visitors Bureau’s Member Liaison.

The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association restores, preserves and advocates for the covered bridges of Columbia County for historical and recreational purposes.  Their purpose is simple: recognize the historic importance of the covered bridges as a public treasure to be available to and enjoyed by the public, and the important part they play in tourism. This non-profit association protects all of our covered bridges not only for today, but also for future generations.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Association, either in time, materials or a monetary gift, may contact the Association President, Chris Young at 570-458-4290.

For more information about the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, and all the things to see and do in the area, please visit www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com or like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/iTourCM.  For questions about the puzzle, please contact the Bloomsburg Welcome Center at 570-784-8279. 

Information provided by Rachael Brown

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