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Penn Street Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Reading circa 1908

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BH Photo #374822

Map 

Description 

The portal knee bracing appears similar to some other Massillon Bridge Company spans.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Schuykill River on Penn Street
Location
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1885; replaced 1913
Design
(3) 11-panel, pinned Whipple through trusses
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33544, -75.93747   (decimal degrees)
40°20'08" N, 75°56'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/420370/4465410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reading
Inventory number
BH 74980 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Pratt to Whipple truss
  • December 30, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • January 14, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 20, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build/loss dates
  • January 21, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 30, 2016: Added by Dana and Kay Klein

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Comments 

Penn Street Bridge (Old)
Posted January 25, 2020, by Joseph Kalis (Kalismike [at] gmail [dot] com)

What was the address of the toll house back in the day. My dad says it was way up at 410 Penn ave. (chicken Supreme). I think that is incorrect as it is about a mile from the bridge.

Penn Street Bridge (Older)
Posted April 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Got some information on this bridge.This bridge was replaced in 1912 due to advanced deterioration.