Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Iron Bridge
The first iron truss bridge in the U.S. was built in 1845 in the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad blacksmith shop, just south of here. It was designed for the railroad in 1844 by Richard B. Osborne.
Erected 1953 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 14.757′ N, 75° 39.158′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and York Street, on the right when traveling east on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Elks Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shuler House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reading Passenger Station (about 400 feet away); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (about 400 feet away); The Security Trust Building (about 500 feet away); The Pottstown News (about 600 feet away); St. Clair Mansion (about 700 feet away); The PECO Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
Also see . . . First Iron Bridge - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 886 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.