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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