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Collegeville in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Perkiomen Bridge
 
Perkiomen Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
1. Perkiomen Bridge Marker
 
Inscription. Built in 1799, it is one of the oldest bridges still in use in the State. A lottery was authorized by a 1797 law to raise $20,000 for its construction.
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 11.057′ N, 75° 26.83′ W. Marker is in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Main Street/Ridge Pike (Old U.S. 422), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3978 Ridge Pike, Collegeville PA 19426, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg (approx. 1.4 miles away); Keystone Grange #2 Old Lodge Hall (approx. 1.4 miles away); Muhlenberg House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Reformed Church at Providence / Site of Stone Church 1835-1874 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Rittenhouse Farm (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mill Grove (approx. 4.2 miles away); Ira Allen (approx. 4.3 miles away); Timothy Matlack (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is inaccessible as there is no pedestrian walkway across the bridge. The best view of the marker is from the parking lot of the Collegeville Inn on the southeast side of the bridge.
 
Perkiomen Bridge and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
2. Perkiomen Bridge and Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Collegeville. A timeline of events in Collegeville. Side notes on the website: 1867 - Toll house erected on the Perkiomen Bridge. Local citizens throw the gate into the creek and burn the toll house - 1873 - Second toll house erected after a court order that a gate could not be maintained within one mile of the bridge. Local citizens again burn the toll house. (Submitted on August 14, 2009.) 

2. Preservationists Worry About Perkiomen Bridge Hotel. A Philadelphia Inquirer McClatchy-Tribune Business News Article by Jeff Gammage, March 22, 2007 regarding the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel financial woes. (Submitted on August 14, 2009.) 

3. Philadelphia Trolly Tracks. A Photo of the bridge from May 30, 1921. (Submitted on August 14, 2009.) 
 
Perkiomen Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
3. Perkiomen Bridge
Looking southeast, with view of north side of bridge.
 
 
Perkiomen Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
4. Perkiomen Bridge
Looking southeast from Perkiomen Bridge Hotel (defunct) parking lot.
 
 
Perkiomen Bridge Hotel (defunct), c.1689 with later additions Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
5. Perkiomen Bridge Hotel (defunct), c.1689 with later additions
At northwest corner of bridge at 1 East Main Street/Ridge Pike.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,020 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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