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Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"


Pine Creek Bridge Galeton PA

1908 Postcard


BH Photo #366150


From 1908 Postcard View


Lost Bridge over Pine Creek on Bridge Street
Galeton, Potter County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
- Dean & Westbrook of New York, New York
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Lost seven panel Pratt Through Truss Bridge Galeton PA Circa 1908
Built with Phoenix Columns as compression members and cast iron connection points
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73351, -77.64204   (decimal degrees)
41°44'01" N, 77°38'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/280272/4623562 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 73918 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2016: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added truss type and builder
  • September 27, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Corrected to "Crick" !



Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 30, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thank you so much, Great lesson and will try to get to them all! The history you and fellow bridge hunters are preserving is a TREASUERE. Glad we can add a kernel or two to the great Cob of Knowledge!

Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 30, 2016, by Art Suckewer (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,

You are most welcome; thanks for posting! You may look for the early bridges in general, not just Phoenix. These early bridges are neat for a number of reasons. First they are designs predating standardization and they have all sorts of 'quirks' and artistic touches. Second, they usually have a 'delicate' appearance due to the lighter load rating and the use of columns. Third, these varying 'column' designs were the initial solution to strengthen wrought iron in order to substitute it for cast iron compression members that had just gone out of favor.

I would say the greatest number of remaining column like compression member designs can be seen in bowstrings (just do a category search). However, if you are willing to travel a bit, you can find Keystone Bridge Co.'s Keystone Columns in Pratt trusses in Iowa - they are a very cool alternate column design (Keystone, owned by Andrew Carnegie had a patent battle with Phoenix that went all the way to the Supreme Court!). Another manufacturer using interesting compression member designs was the Columbia Bridge Works https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/columbia-bridge-wo... . The majority of the remaining examples are in your part of the country, including a restored example in a park in Dayton, OH: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/montgomery/morrison/

Some interesting early bridges that may not be too far from you:










If you make it back east, Hunterdon County, NJ is a virtual museum of early iron bridges, including three with full cast iron compression members, and a number of Phoenix Column Bridges. Including:




Happy travels!

Art S.

Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Always good to have new "Blood" in the BH Family!

Wow... Even in the early postcards views it is always easy to spot a Dean & Westbrook plaque!

Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 27, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thank you street viewed a few from drop down and found One about a 2 hour drive. Appreciate you helping those of us still on learning curve. Thanks for all you do!

Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 27, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Dana and Kay: Both Bridgehunter's "Browse, Design" options and HistoricBridges.org's BridgeSeek offer a Phoenix Column search.


http://historicbridges.org/b_a_search.php (on HistoricBridges.org, the "Special Materials" dropdown has a Phoenix Column option to choose.)

Bridge Street- Pine "Crick"
Posted September 27, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Art! Know of any Phoenix Bridge Company Bridges standing in NY PA OH area? Would love to see one and add to this site. Appreciate any other info you can add and thanks again for taking the time to do so.