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Reading Suspension Bridge


Bridge Before Demo At Original Location.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #221824


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Worker's Memorial: Designed by William Hildebrand of John A. Roebling Sons Co. of Trenton, New Jersey, this footbridge was constructed between 1886 and 1887 and provided a safe pedestrian route spanning the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad lines at the Outer Station in North Reading. The bridge was dismantled in 1983, and one of the two steel support towers was relocated here to Heritage Park, where today it serves as the Worker's Memorial Tower.

Information sign on site.


Wire suspension bridge single tower
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Single tower of bridge salvaged and put on display at shown park location.
Dismantled 1983; one tower relocated here.
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey
- William Hildebrand
Suspension foot bridge.
Also called
Worker's Memorial
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.32447, -75.92623   (decimal degrees)
40°19'28" N, 75°55'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/421312/4464183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 50558 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description & photos.
  • July 31, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • December 15, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Reading Suspension Bridge
Posted June 21, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have seen this tower in the park along Canal St at s. 6th st in Reading.There is a lot of history about this suspension bridge when it was at the Reading rail yard.My fiancee has told me about this bridge from her actually being on it and reading the local history books,mainly any books dealing with the outer station on 6th st in Reading and the Reading freight yard.