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Walnut Lane Bridge

 
 
Walnut Lane Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 24, 2015
1. Walnut Lane Bridge Marker
Inscription. When completed in 1908, it was significant for its early use of concrete in bridge construction and as the world’s largest concrete arch bridge. Reformers of the era praised its utility and design. Connecting Germantown and Roxborough, it reduced the travel time between the two neighborhoods from a half-day to minutes, and promoted business and social interaction. This engineering marvel remains a vital transportation artery for Philadelphia.
 
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 1.974′ N, 75° 11.952′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Walnut Lane. Click for map. NE side of bridge over Wissahickon Creek (Germantown side). Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19119, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Walnut Lane Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forbidden Drive (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Germantown (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Germantown (approx. half a mile away); The Jacob Rittenhouse Home at RittenhouseTown
Walnut Lane Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 24, 2015
2. Walnut Lane Bridge Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Ten Box Shelter (approx. half a mile away); Connie Mack (approx. half a mile away); Kelpius Community (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Walnut Lane Bridge 1907-1908 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 24, 2015
3. Walnut Lane Bridge 1907-1908
Total Length 610 ft. Main Span 233 ft. Height 147 ft. City of Philadelphia, John E. Reyburn, Mayor. George R. Stearns, Director of the Department of Public Works; George S. Webster, Chief Engineer; Henry H. Quimby, Assistant Engineer; Reilly and Riddle, Contractors.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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