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Bens Creek Arch Bridge

Photos 

Elevation From West

Photo taken by Joseph Eliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #267701

Map 

Description 

It is significant as an outstanding example of early 19th century masonry arch construction, and for its association with the Allgeheny Portage Railroad, which the bridge originally carried across the Bens Creek. The Allegheny Portage Railroad, a system of rail lines and inclined planes completed in 1834, was designed to carry boats from the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal across the Allegheny Mountains..

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Ebns Creek on PA 53
Location
Portage Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1832
Railroads
- Allegheny Portage Railroad
- Rail-to-road
Design
Stone arch
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40211, -78.63995   (decimal degrees)
40°24'08" N, 78°38'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/700275/4475063 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ebensburg
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88000782 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 58289 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 4, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • HAER PA-453 - Allegheny Portage Railroad, Bens Creek Culvert, Spanning Bens Creek at State Route 53, Cassandra, Cambria County, PA