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Change Bridge

Photos 

CHA2.jpg

Photo taken from NPS.gov

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BH Photo #278012

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Hugh Moore Parkway
Location
Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1856-1857
Builders
- E.A. Douglas (Engineer)
- Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co.
Design
Suspension
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 1974
Also called
Wire Towing Path at Pool No. 8
Lehigh Canal Swinging Bridge
Chain Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.65384, -75.24856   (decimal degrees)
40°39'14" N, 75°14'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/478986/4500360 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Easton
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74001798 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 60140 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2017: New photos from Dave King
  • March 6, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Chain Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the remnant of the change bridge.

The listing ought to be "Change Bridge" not "Chain Bridge". If the website continues to cite it as "Chain Bridge" it sustains the misconception that chains were in some way involved. It is very common locally to mispronounce the name - I think this is maybe because the locals no longer understand why the canal changed from one side of the river to the other.

The dam which facilitated the change was called "Chain Dam" locally. That is a completely different subject - probably the source of the confusion. The dam is now gone - bridgefolks don't need to perpetuate the error about the name of the bridge.