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Brownsville in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dunlap’s Creek Bridge

 
 
Dunlap's Creek Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
1. Dunlap's Creek Bridge Marker
Inscription.  An integral part of the National Road, this was the first metal arch bridge in the United States, built 1836-39. Replacing several earlier bridges on this site, including an 1809 Finley suspension bridge, this 80-foot span was built of cast iron by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Capt. Richard Delafield and Lieut. George W. Cass oversaw construction.
 
Erected 1991 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the The Historic National Road series lists.
 
Location. 40° 1.276′ N, 79° 53.282′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is on Market Street east of Bank Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsville PA 15417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brownsville - Route 40 Bridge (here, next to this marker); The First Cast Iron Bridge
Dunlap's Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
2. Dunlap's Creek Bridge
Most of the bridge is obstructed by building foundations.
(here, next to this marker); Steamboat Enterprise/Boatbuilding Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Redstone Old Fort (approx. ¼ mile away); Philander Knox (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dunlap's Creek Bridge. (Submitted on April 15, 2006.)
2. Dunlap's Creek Bridge - Behind the Marker. Explore PA History.com (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Dunlap's Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
3. Dunlap's Creek Bridge
The Bridge and its Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
4. The Bridge and its Markers
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
5. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
Presented in 1975 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
ASM marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
6. ASM marker
ASM International
has designated
Brownsville - Route 40 Bridge
an historical landmark
This bridge, designed by and built under the supervision of Capt. Richard Delafield in 1839 to improve the "National Road", is the first cast iron bridge to be built west of the Allegheny Mountains. 1988
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,965 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   6. submitted on October 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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