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Market Street Bridge (old)

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Market Street Bridge Philly

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Description 

Samuel Kneass rebuilt a new wooden bridge on the same foundations in 1850 to carry the tracks of Philadelphia-Columbia Railroad in addition to carriages and pedestrians. The railroad required a level deck, so there was no way the Palmer Bridge with its 8-foot camber could be adapted to that purpose. Kneassí bridge remained in use until November 20, 1875, when it was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in less than 30 days for a sum of $75,000 and opened in December 1875. This bridge was later replaced by a steel cantilever bridge in 1887.▪

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Schuylkill River on Market Street
Location
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Status
No longer exists
History
Rebuild/reconfiguration of High Street (Middle Ferry) bridge done in 1850, lost to fire November 20, 1875
Builder
- Samuel Kneass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95441, -75.18052   (decimal degrees)
39°57'16" N, 75°10'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/484580/4422713 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 80337 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added builder and description
  • June 14, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: added build date
  • February 3, 2018: Added by Art S

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Sources 

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