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Athens Bridge (1914)


Circa 1916

Old Postcard View


BH Photo #450175


Lost Through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Front Street in Athens.
Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Destroyed by flooding and replaced
Built 1914; 2 of three spans destroyed 1916; One span used in replacement bridge.
- David A. Keefe (Designer)
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Camelback through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.95774, -76.51355   (decimal degrees)
41°57'28" N, 76°30'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/374567/4646192 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 62388 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • June 20, 2019: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 8, 2014: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 


Athens Bridge (Old)
Posted June 24, 2019, by Luke

That seems to be the case, as the NRHP form for the cantilever lists Penn Bridge Co. as the builder of the smaller span, and https://books.google.com/books?id=mU5RAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA719&dq=%... states verbatim that Penn Bridge Co. built the bridge in 1914.

Athens Bridge (Old)
Posted June 24, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I wonder if this photo suggests a possible explanation for the unusual cantilever truss that replaced this bridge. I found a historical article stating that the collapse was because the new bridge was built on old piers. As this photo shows, one span was not destroyed. Perhaps the cantilever truss was a way to build a new nearby pier, reduce the piers in the river, yet also retain the one surviving brand new truss span that didn't collapse. See photo 2 here: https://bridgehunter.com/pa/bradford/athens/