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Summit Bridge (Pre 1927) "Buck bridge"


Summit Bridge (Older)

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This bridge was number 3 of 5 bridges called summit bridge, it is lovingly referred to as Buck bridge by locals and was adjoined by Buck tavern, sometimes called Carson's. It was a tavern believed to be mentioned by George Washington in his notes predating any bridge, there is some debate to the taverns year of construction. The tavern remained until 1963 when it was relocated upon the expansion of the canal by the army corps of engineers to red lion road on the north side. Technically the two bridges predating this one accompanied Buck tavern, however when asking locals about "Buck bridge" this is the one they refer to. It along with 4 other Bridges spanned old summit bridge road (south) and old summit road (north) while the 5th bridge (current) is located west on route 896.


Lost Parker pony truss swing bridge over Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on Summit Bridge Road
New Castle County, Delaware
Replaced by a new bridge in 1927, number 3 of 5 bridges known as Summit bridge
Parker pony swing truss
Also called
Buck Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.54176, -75.72553   (decimal degrees)
39°32'30" N, 75°43'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/437656/4377150 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89337 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


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Delaware (164)
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New Castle County, Delaware (113)
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Replaced by new bridge (20,350)
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  • August 5, 2022: New photos from Connor Thomas Cadogan
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  • May 20, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs



Summit Bridge (Older)
Posted May 20, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a Bowstring. This appears to be a Parker pony swing truss.