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Anthony's Bridge

Anthony's Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 30, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Anthony's Mill Road Over West Branch Perkiomen Creek
Location
Rural: Berks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: William F. Remppis Company of Reading, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Dreibelbis and Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1959
Main Span Length
83 Feet (25.3 Meters)
Structure Length
85 Feet (25.91 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6724306519741

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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With a 1902 construction date, this traditionally composed Warren pony truss bridge is a relatively early (for Pennsylvania) surviving example of a highway truss bridge with riveted connections. This fact was not recognized by the Historic Bridge Inventory, thus the bridge was found not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Some minor welded alterations were also given as reasons for ineligibility. HistoricBridges.org disagrees with this not eligible assessment. The bridge should be reevaluated for eligibility. The re-evaluation should consider the bridge's early surviving example riveted connections, and the bridge should also be evaluated for possible local significance. It would be interesting to know more about the little-known local bridge builder. Also, the bridge crosses at the site of an old mill. The mill is gone, but a very old stone house is next to the bridge, so the site is one with history.

Due to deterioration (likely caused by deferred maintenance), the bridge was closed to traffic, and the bridge's fate was uncertain, with options including complete abandonment, replacement, and repair/preservation. A number of people have been supportive of preserving the bridge, something that HistoricBridges.org strongly supports as well.

HistoricBridges.org hopes that this bridge will demonstrate to agencies like PennDOT that historic truss bridge preservation is something that the people of Pennsylvania have a growing concern about. The time for PennDOT and other Pennsylvania agencies to commit to the preservation of historic metal truss bridges is now.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 85'-long and 18' wide, riveted, Warren with verticals pony truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls topped with stone parapets. The bridge dates to 1903 and is the work of a local fabricator. The trusses are composed of angles and plate, and there has been some welded addition of material to the verticals to strengthen them. Instead of gusset plates at each lower panel point, plate that is part of the lower chord extends across the center interior panels. While not a standardized design, the design is not innovative or distinctive, and the bridge is an altered example of design that was common by 1900 in eastern Pennsylvania.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting at a T intersection with SR 1030. There is a stone house that the owner reports was built in the 1770s beyond the northwest quadrant of the bridge. A mill has been lost. There are many modern houses in the vicinity, and the area does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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