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Phoenix Iron Company Bridge


Abandoned French Creek Bridge -- July 2006

Upstream side view

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #158094

Street View 


Pratt through truss built by Clarke, Reeves and Company, predecessor to the Phoenix Iron Company. It served as a rail link between various company buildings, as well as a "sample" bridge to show prospective clients. The Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corporation sponsored the 2002 restoration.


Wrought iron Pratt through truss bridge over French Creek
Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1871; restoration 2002; Pedestrian bridge on grounds of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center
- Clarke, Reeves & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pinned, 10 panel Pratt through truss. Wrought and cast iron with Phoenix Columns.
Also called
French Creek Bridge
1871 Phoenix Column Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13567, -75.51755   (decimal degrees)
40°08'08" N, 75°31'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/455909/4442943 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 13, 2021: New photo from Ian Nelson
  • October 3, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 18, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 29, 2020: Updated by Luke: Corrected builder to prexisting category
  • May 18, 2019: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • April 15, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
  • December 4, 2010: New Street View added by Matthew Lohry
  • March 14, 2010: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • March 6, 2010: Added by Joshua Collins


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Ian Nelson


Abandoned French Creek bridge
Posted December 4, 2010, by Leonard F. Shaner, JR. (Conrail6370 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dear sir,

This bridge is part of the Phoenix Iron Company complex. It is now part of a hike and bike trail. The bridge was a dual gauge rail bridge , Stander and 24" narrow gauge.

Take care,

Leonard F. Shaner, Jr.

Chester County Historian

Abandoned French Creek bridge
Posted April 23, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I could be mistaken, but I don't think that this bridge is completely abandoned--the photo shows wood railings that are of the type used on bridges converted for pedestrians, and it looks like the bridge may be open to pedestrians and perhaps bicycles...