Reading-Halls Station Bridge

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246 Long Reach Ln.; Pennsdale, PA

Wrought and cast iron pony truss bridge over the former Philadelphia & Reading RR on private drive

Photos 

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Map 

Description 

The Reading-Halls Bridge is almost certainly the oldest all-metal truss bridge in active service in the United States, a lone survivor from the first series of all-metal trusses of any kind designed and constructed in the United States. This Howe pony through-truss bridge followed shortly after the construction in 1845 of the very first all-metal truss bridge, the West Manayunk Bridge, also designed by Osborne and built by the Reading Railroad. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER PA-55)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 1980
Reference number
80003571
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Pony Howe Truss
Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Rail-related
Current function
Road-related
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1850

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2019: Updated by Brian Manville: Updated address
  • October 12, 2019: Photos imported by Brian Manville
  • October 12, 2019: Photo imported by Brian Manville

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