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Leechburg Bridge (1885)


Leechburg Bridge - Older

The Pittsburgh Press: April 29 1935


BH Photo #452141


Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Kiskiminetas River
Leechburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge in 1935
Built 1885; collapsed during demolition in 1935
(3)10-panel, pin-connected Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.62615, -79.60889   (decimal degrees)
40°37'34" N, 79°36'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/617654/4498187 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2023: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • July 14, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Build date + misc
  • July 13, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 13, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

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  • Paul Plassman


Leechburg Bridge - Older
Posted July 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Still a deck truss. The roadway is lowered to create a railing of sorts for vehicular traffic... Something that wouldn't be needed on a rail crossing

Leechburg Bridge - Older
Posted July 15, 2019, by Daniel

What would you call it in that case? When I hear pony I don't think of a bridge with that much below the deck.

Leechburg Bridge - Older
Posted July 14, 2019, by Art S, (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Added build date based on bridge’s age at demolition. BTW, I don’t think this is a true deck truss as the trusses extend above the deck.