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Centre Bridge (1814)

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Delaware River on Old York Road
Location
Stockton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Wooden covered toll bridge opened January 10, 1814. Poorly built. Reconstructed in 1829-1830
Builders
- Benjamin Lord
- Capt. Pelig Kingsley
Dimensions
Total length: 821.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40358, -74.97911   (decimal degrees)
40°24'13" N, 74°58'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/501772/4472552 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2018: Added by Art S.

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Centre Bridge (first)
Posted December 31, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

In doing homework including reading the bridge commission report from 2014 which contained the results of some historical research, the bridge's opening date of January 10, 1814 was determined. Thus making this bridge the third Delaware River bridge after Trenton (January 30, 1806 -less than 30 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence!) and Easton (Oct. 14, 1806) and soon followed by the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge (Sept. 12, 1814).

The same research indicates that the bridge was "partly rebuilt" in 1829 (other sources say 1830) and the three NJ spans and two piers were washed away by the "Bridges Freshet" of January 8, 1841 (which knocked out 9 Delaware River crossings). As the bridge remained private during its entire history as a wooden bridge, and was not very profitable during its early history, I would suspect that the company would do only what was necessary to keep the bridge in service. With this in mind, I have only listed the covered bridge as two entries and am considering combining them into one as it seems that it was rebuilt and lost sections replaced but it could be argued that it was essentially the same bridge from 1814 - 1923. Any opinions?