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Schuylkill Permanent Bridge

Photos 

Published prior to 1923

View this photo at books.google.com

BH Photo #405803

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Schuylkill River on Market Street
Location
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced
History
Built from 1801; "Remodled" 1850
Builder
- Timothy Palmer
Design
Timber through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 195.0 ft.
Total length: 495.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95431, -75.18018   (decimal degrees)
39°57'16" N, 75°10'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/484609/4422701 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Philadelphia
Inventory numer
BH 78754 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2017: Updated by Will Truax: Confirmed and corrected status.
  • October 13, 2017: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 24, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Source material which cites the Permanant Bridge as being "Remodelled" in 1850

Proceedings of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, Volume 34 Published in 1917

http://tiny.cc/ivu3oy

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

I shared Palmer's own words on the permanence of impermanence in this blog entry - https://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/at-the-beginni...

And this bridge was not lost to fire, it was removed for the rise of its arches being inappropriate for the railway its replacement would share with highway traffic.

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 20, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A little history might put the name in perspective... "Permanent Bridge" was a sort of buzz word in the 19th and very early 20th Century, and was used to contrast well-built bridges with the often very primitive structures (in the 19th century, these were often timber trestle-like structures) that might only last a few years before collapsing or being washed away by floods. In the early 20th Century Daniel Luten also used the term to contrast his concrete bridges with metal truss bridges.

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 20, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree,Ed.Nothing is permanent except space.This bridge should be entered in with the Market Street Bridge which it became eventually.

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 19, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I learned from my Father that nothing is more permanent than a temporary building. Maybe it works the other way for bridges? Nothing is more temporary than a permanent bridge.

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 19, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This must have been the precursor to the Market Street Bridge which is there now.

Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Posted November 19, 2017, by Anonymous

The irony of this bridge's name is amazing.