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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
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. Touch for directions.
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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.