Starrucca Viaduct

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SR 57058 over Starrucca Creek, Lanesboro, Pennsylvania

Massive stone arch bridge over Starrucca Creek on New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway in Lanesboro

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Photo taken by Jim Allen in May 2017

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Description 

The Starrucca Viaduct was built by the Erie Railway in 1848, under the supervision of the engineers J.P. Kirkwood and J.W. Adams, and has been recognized, from the time of its construction, as one of the most daring feats of stone vault engineering ever attempted in this country. Within a generation of its completion, this type of civil engineering was rendered obsolete by the introduction of the Bessemer Converter into the ironmaking industry. Thereafter designers began to consider the use of steel cables and I beams for large scale bridge erection. The Starrucca Viaduct was among the last of classic stone arch bridges to be built, and is found today - standing as originally conceived - at the site. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER PA-6)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1975
Reference number
75001665
Area of significance
Engineering
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Rail-related
Current function
Rail-related
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1848

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2017: New photos from Jim Allen

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