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Walnut Street Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Stephanie Brown in February 2010

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BH Photo #155040

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Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge formerly over Saucon Creek on Walnut Street in Hellertown
Location
Hellertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1860
Builders
- Beckel Iron Foundry and Machine Shop of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Charles Nathaniel Beckel of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Design
Significance: Only high-truss span built by Beckel Iron Foundry known to exist. Uses Francis C. Lowthorp's 23 June 1857 patented cast lower chord connection. Deck beams on this and two other existing Beckel pony-truss cast- and wrought-iron bridges fabricated from cast- rather than wrought-iron.
Dimensions
Span length: 55.0 ft.
Total length: 55.0 ft.
Also called
County Bridge 14
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.57253, -75.34364   (decimal degrees)
40°34'21" N, 75°20'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/470913/4491362 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hellertown
Inventory number
BH 43111 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 16, 2010: New photo from Stephanie Brown
  • February 14, 2010: Posted HAER photos
  • February 13, 2010: New photo from Stephanie Brown
  • August 4, 2009: Added by Stephanie Brown

Sources 

  • Stephanie Brown
  • HAER PA-206 - Walnut Street Bridge, Formerly spanning Saucon Creek, Hellertown, Northampton County, PA
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth

Comments 

Walnut Street Bridge
Posted February 16, 2010, by Stephanie Brown (luvsMeadowsBridge [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridge has been preserved and restored in a joint project of the Hellertown Historical Society and Lehigh University.

Walnut Street Bridge
Posted February 13, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It looks as though it's be lovingly cared for. It's quite beautiful.

Walnut Street Bridge
Posted February 13, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

An amazing 150 year old iron bridge!