Henszey's Wrought-Iron Bridge
Henszey's Bridge, one of the last remaining wrought iron arch truss bridges in America, was invented by Joseph G. Henszey in 1869 and manufactured that same year by the Continental Bridge Company in Philadelphia. It first served to carry Main Street over Trout Creek in Slatington, and then in 1900, it was moved to Wanamaker to span the Ontalaunce Creek. Closed in 1986, the bridge was purchased in 2001 for $22. On May 6, 2002, the newly refurbished historic bridge traveled across three counties to finally rest on the campus of Central Pennsylvania College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania.
One unique feature of this bridge is the lower cord assembly - horizontal bars that arch below the bars from the end supports and midspan. The bridge is 93 feet long and 15 feet wide. Nineteenth century wrought iron bowstring arch bridges like this have all but vanished. This unique bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the bridge serves as a pedestrian walkway for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the campus of Central Pennsylvania College. The historic gold colored bridge symbolizes the quality hands-on education
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
Location. 40° 18.292′ N, 76° 56.052′ W. Marker is in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Valley Street. Located on the campus of Central Penn College. Northeast corner of the bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 College Hill Road, Summerdale PA 17093, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henszey's Wrought Iron Arch Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harrisburg (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Harrisburg Academy / Dixon University Center (approx. 1.7 miles away); Zembo Shrine Temple (approx. 2 miles away); Italian Lake (approx. 2 miles away); Former William Penn High School (approx. 2 miles away); Dauphin County Civil War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Camp Curtin Fire Company No. 13 (approx. 2˝ miles away).
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1. Central Penn College. (Submitted on December 23, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Henszey's Wrought-Iron Bridge. (Submitted on December 23, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.