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Hamilton Street Bridge (1869)

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1870s portal view

Sign transcription (above the portal, not including cast plaques): NOTICE Any person or persons riding or driving faster than a walk, or driving more than 15 head of cattle on or over this Bridge at the same time, shall pay a fine not less than Ten Dollars nor more than Thirty Dollars according to an Act of Assembly passed the 18th day of March, A.D..1868. L.M. Engelman Clerk of Commissioners Daniel Taught Thomas JaXXdry Deary R. PeaXXan Commissioners of Lehigh County

1865 (1863?)

The 1865 was just below the two cast plaques, which I just couldn't make out in the image. The 1865 (last digit could be a flat topped 3). So, is this the build date?

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lehigh River on Hamilton Street
Location
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca 1869; Replaced 1902
Design
Pratt through truss with cast iron compression members
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60623, -75.45430   (decimal degrees)
40°36'22" N, 75°27'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/461566/4495145 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Allentown East
Inventory number
BH 71803 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2020: New photos from Art Suckewer
  • April 13, 2016: Added by ArtS

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Hamilton Street Bridge (3rd)
Posted September 17, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Added portal views and tried moving the portal image into the first position.

Sign transcription (above the portal, not including cast plaques):

NOTICE

Any person or persons

riding or driving faster than

a walk, or driving more than 15 head of cattle on or over this Bridge at

the same time, shall pay a fine not less than Ten Dollars nor more than Thirty Dollars according to an Act of

Assembly passed the 18th day of March, A.D..1868.

L.M. Engelman Clerk of Commissioners

Daniel Taught

Thomas JaXXdry Commissioners

Deary R. PeaXXan of Lehigh County

1865 (1863?)

The 1865 was just below the two cast plaques, which I just couldn't make out in the image. The 1865 (last digit could be a flat topped 3). So, is this the build date?

Hamilton Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Note that the second picture seems to have added truss structure under the deck that is not in the first picture. I would guess that the first picture is an early, as built image and the second is truly a 1901 image, late in the bridge's life with reinforcement added to extend the bridge's life with extra capacity.

If anyone has the ability to do the research, it would be neat to find out more on this bridge's history (and maybe more and better pictures).

Regards,

Art S.

Hamilton Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I'm guessing that the builder was Beckel, although the decoration reminds me of Corwin Iron Works of Lambertville, New Jersey (Lambertville Iron Works). Also, it looks like it was built to Lowthorp's design/patent. Can anyone confirm?