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Falls Bridge, Spanning Schuylkill River, connecting East & West River Drives, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

Falls Bridge, Spanning Schuylkill River, connecting East & West River Drives, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

 
 
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Summary

Significance: The Falls Bridge is a unique and well-preserved example of the Petit through truss design, capable of carrying a roadway on both its upper and lower chords. The upper deck remains incomplete, but is nonetheless an example of the Philadelphia Department of Public Works and Bureau of Surveys' far-sighted transportation planning under Chief Engineer George S. Webster. The bridge crosses the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, a National Register-listed historic district.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N626
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N626
Survey number: HAER PA-35
Building/structure dates: 1894-1895 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 72001151

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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Filbert, Porter & Company
Webster, George S
Windrim, James H
Edge Moor Iron Company
Philadelphia Department of Public Works & Bureau of Surveys
Fairmount Park Commission
McClenahan Brothers
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, sponsor
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, sponsor
DeLony, Eric N, project manager
Ross, Helen P, historian
Spivey, Justin M, historian
Lowe, Jet, photographer
Borchers, Perry E, photographer
Boucher, Jack H, photographer
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Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States39.95258, -75.16522
Google Map of 39.9525839, -75.1652215
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Library of Congress
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