Maiden Creek Bridge -- November 20, 2010
Upstream sideview from Old R.t 22 Bridge
Photo posted by Raymond Klein in December 2010
BH Photo #190880
Does anyone out there know the date when this bridge closed? I have not found anyone who actually knows. I used to drive over this bridge quite often and was surprised to learn that it is closed.
...and then I noted that Maiden Creek does not stop when it enters the south end of Ontelaunee Lake. It continues north - unnamed on the map I was using. And so Maiden Creek does cross under the Penn Street bridge.
Why doesn't the Maiden Creek Bridge cross the Maiden Creek? I found a 1910 Census record for Maiden Creek, Berks, Pennsylvania while researching one of the RR workers (Pietro Venturino) who appears to have moved to NJ. I was looking to discover the RR that was working that region circa 1910 and if the RR bridge was part of the 1910 contract. I linked the census to his story and then added this data:
If this is not the proper Pietro Venturino given the spelling of the surname, the census itself is nevertheless a fascinating study. The census itself is a fascinating study. The first entry on the form was an Italian, who ran a commissary store. Forty-five of the next 49 persons on the enumeration were all male, Italian, contract railroad laborers who were all boarding with the store keeper. The men ranged in age from 17 to 53 who immigrated to the the United States between 1902 and 1910; four are listed as able to speak English, the rest speak their native tongue. All the Italians are listed as aliens. In all likelihood, they were are part of the padrone system which served to find employment for immigrants.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/19/17 the warning sign about this bridge being closed has been replaced and affixed to a large metal barricade.Also it was reported motorists are being routed onto this bridge by GPS.No wonder that rig got where he was,i'll bet.
Didn't know that,Dana and Kay.Thanks for the information.If i hear anything in the future about this bridge i will post it as soon as i get it.
Tee Beams fast disappearing .........Get pictures while we can.
I posted information on the forum page on 6/17/17 about this bridge being closed and a road closed sign being knocked down by a tractor trailer making a u-turn.I noticed also that the street is actually Penn Ave.,not Penn St.Didn't know this bridge was listed on Bridgehunters.