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Penn Street Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Reading circa 1908

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BH Photo #374822

Map 

Description 

The pedimented portals and design of the knee bracing suggest Morse as a possible fabricator.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Schuykill River on Penn Street
Location
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1885; replaced 1913
Design
(3) 11-panel, pinned Whipple through trusses
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33544, -75.93747   (decimal degrees)
40°20'08" N, 75°56'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/420370/4465410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reading
Inventory number
BH 74980 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Pratt to Whipple truss
  • December 30, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • January 14, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 20, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build/loss dates
  • January 21, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 30, 2016: Added by Dana and Kay Klein

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Comments 

Penn Street Bridge (Old)
Posted January 25, 2020, by Joseph Kalis (Kalismike [at] gmail [dot] com)

What was the address of the toll house back in the day. My dad says it was way up at 410 Penn ave. (chicken Supreme). I think that is incorrect as it is about a mile from the bridge.

Penn Street Bridge (Older)
Posted April 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Got some information on this bridge.This bridge was replaced in 1912 due to advanced deterioration.