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Knoebels Amusement Park Bridge

Knoebels Amusement Park Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Old Smokey Train Ride) Over South Branch Roaring Creek
Location
Knoebels Grove: Columbia County, Pennsylvania and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge represents a unique preservation solution. Knoebels Amusement Resort acquired this bridge and modified it to carry their park's train ride over a creek that runs through the park. The bridge retains good historic integrity, although the bridge appears to have been narrowed for reuse as part of the train ride. The bridge is a rare and highly significant example of a truss bridge with the rare patented Phoenix columns, which are used in the top chords and end posts of the bridge. The design of the pony truss bridge is similar to other pony truss bridges fabricated by the Phoenix Bridge Company (and often erected by agents Dean and Westbrook of New York, New York). The reuse of this bridge is a positive preservation outcome that enables many people to see and enjoy the bridge which is a functional part of the ride. It fits in nicely into the park, which is noted for reusing old rides from other parks, and also creating rides based on historic rides that no longer exist.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Phoenix Columns

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