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Fifth Avenue and High Street Bridge

Photos 

Looking East from the Port View Side.

The Palisades Dance Hall (red brick) can be seen just to the right, and actually touching, the bridge. There was an entrance into the second floor from the bridge. P&LE Bridge and tracks in background.

BH Photo #373758

Map 

Description 

The bridge tied West 5th Avenue, that separated, Reynoldton (later McKeesport's 10th Ward) and the Borough of Port Vue, to 5th Avenue in McKeesport. A popular dance hall during that time was the Palisades Dance Hall. It had a second floor entrance that opened to the sidewalk on the bridge.

The Augest 6th, 1862 Edition of The Engineering Record, 277 Pearl Street, New York, New York, Contracting News Department, Weekly Record. Column 3, Paragraph 5, "McKeesport, Pa. - The Fifth Avenue Bridge Company, capital $25,000, has been incorporated at Harrisburg to build a bridge across the Youghiohegeny River to carry a highway and an electric Street Car line."

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Youghiohegeny River for Motor Vehicles and Trolly
Location
McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
No longer exists
Future prospects
None
History
Built in 1895 by the Fifth Avenue and High Street Bridge Company. Replaced in 1937 by the Jerome Street Bridge.
Builder
- Fifth Avenue and High Street Bridge Co.
Design
Through truss
Also called
Fifth Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.35026, -79.87011   (decimal degrees)
40°21'01" N, 79°52'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/595953/4467246 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 74901 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2016: Added by Mike Piontka

Sources 

  • Mike Piontka