Visitors Bureau announces covered bridge puzzle

BLOOMSBURG/DANVILLE – The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau has announced the arrival of its third 500-piece Covered Bridge puzzle which features the Keefer Mill Covered Bridge in the summer. The Visitors Bureau is currently selling the puzzles.

A 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 St., Danville). The Visitors Bureau also will have puzzles for sale at their booth at the Twin Covered Bridge Fine Arts Festival Aug. 24, their Bloomsburg Fair booth located in the State and County Building, as well as at their Covered Bridge and Arts Festival Oct. 3 through 6 at Knoebels Amusement Resort. A limited quantity of 500 puzzles are available and are on a first come first serve basis.

“For the last two years the Visitors Bureau has made this donation to the Covered Bridge Society and we hope that by continuing this tradition for a third year, we are helping to preserve and restore these bridges for our friends in Columbia and Montour Counties, as well as the thousands of people who visit them each year,” said Ingrid Podgurski, director of marketing for the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau.

This puzzle is the third in the series produced by the Visitors Bureau. The first puzzle was of the Twin Covered Bridges and the second of the Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge. Both puzzles have sold out but are on display for viewing at the Danville Welcome Center. The CMVB’s puzzle has become a collector’s item and makes a great Christmas present.

The Keefer Mill Covered Bridge is located in Liberty Township, Montour County, and spans Chillisquaque Creek. It is on Township Route 346 off 3012, near Washingtonville and east of Route 54. The Keefer Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1853 by William Butler for $498. The site was near Geringer’s Mill. Montour County records list it as the Keefer Mill bridge, possibly named after a well-known bridge builder, George W. Keefer. The puzzle photo was taken by Robert Brown of Premier Studios.

The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association restores, preserves and advocates for the covered bridges of Columbia County for historical and recreational purposes. They recognized 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.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the association, either in time, materials or a monetary gift, may contact the association president, Chris Young at 458-4290.

For more information about the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, visit www.iTourColumbiaMont or

For questions about the puzzle, contact the Bloomsburg Welcome Center at 784-8279.