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Fountain Street Bridge (1885)



"This bridge is on the line of Fountain Street, and spans the canal of the Schuylkill Navigation Company.

It consists of two quadrangular trusses, with inclined end posts. The trusses are 18 feet apart; the transverse floor beams are five 15-inch I-beams suspended from the panel points of the trusses; upon these are laid seven 9-inch channel beams extending twelve inches over the back walls of the abutments.

The old wooden superstructure was removed, the parapet walls rebuilt and the old abutments raised and repaired to the extent rendered necessary by the new work.

Contractors, the "King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company," of Cleveland, Ohio.

Contract price, $3,188.

Work commenced September 1, 1885, finished September 28, 1885."

From "Annual Report of ... Mayor of Philadelphia: Containing the Reports of the Various Departments ...", 1886.


Lost Bridge over Manayunk Canal on Fountain Street
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1885; Replaced 1960
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.03143, -75.23369   (decimal degrees)
40°01'53" N, 75°14'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/480061/4431272 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94793 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2021: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added builder and bridge description from historic report
  • October 20, 2021: Added by Nathan Holth

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Fountain Street Bridge (1885)
Posted October 23, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found a fairly detailed description of the construction of this bridge, and its builder King Bridge Co. and posted it here in the Description. However, I couldn't find any historic photos. Photos may be out there somewhere, perhaps old postcards.

There was apparently a previous wooden bridge at this location.