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Phoenixville Iron Bridge

Phoenixville Iron Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: October 9, 2011 and January 15, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over French Creek
Location
Phoenixville: Chester 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
96 Feet (29 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge with Phoenix columns and built by the Phoenix Bridge Company is located right next to the site that was home to the Phoenixville Ironworks that once produced the distinctive Phoenix Columns. Thus, it is fitting tribute to the memoy of the Ironworks that this spectacular example of a truss bridge with Phoenix columns is beautifully preserved in place for pedestrian use. The bridge contains Phoenix column top chord, end post, and vertical members. Distinctive ornate finials are present on the bridge. The bridge is also noteworthy as a very old pin-connected truss bridge that has a skew. The bridge sits in front of the restored Foundry Building that now houses the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. According to the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, the construction date of this bridge is not known, but it is older than 1885 and newer than 1873. A ca. 1880 date seems appropriate based on the style of the bridge. The Schuylkill River Heritage Center also commented that this bridge apparently served as a "show bridge" to illustrate the fine bridges the company could produce. It also served as a railroad bridge to move steel through the Ironworks complex.

 

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