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French Creek Bridge

Photos 

HAER PA,15-PHOEN,1- (sheet 1 of 3) - Main Street Bridge, Spanning French Creek, Phoenixville, Chester County, PA

Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #313364

Map 

Description 

The masonry portion of this bridge, as originally constructed, is representative of the multiple span stone bridges built throughout Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century. It has been repaired frequently and portions have been rebuilt from its earliest years; most of the original structure is now obscured by cement parging. The most significant component of this bridge is the pedestrian iron fink truss portion which was constructed in 1870. Albert Fink, prominent nineteenth century engineer, patented this truss type in 1854. One of two known Fink deck truss bridges remaining in the United States, these are the only known Fink trusses in Pennsylvania. The truss components and the iron railing were all fabricated at the Phoenix Bridge Works, and they were erected by that company.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Stone arch bridge over French Creek on Main Street
Location
Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1847; Replaced 1991
Builder
- Phoenix Iron Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Design
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13567, -75.51656   (decimal degrees)
40°08'08" N, 75°30'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/455994/4442942 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Phoenixville
Inventory number
BH 65464 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-84 - Main Street Bridge, Spanning French Creek, Phoenixville, Chester County, PA