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Towanda in Bradford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Towanda River Bridges

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
1. Towanda River Bridges Marker
Inscription.

One of the most important public improvements of Towanda's early days was completion of the first Towanda river bridge. A company incorporated under an Act of Legislature March 24, 1831 built the Old Wagon Bridge. John Bottom, a practical bridge builder, erected a three-span structure in 1832. In 1837-38 the original bridge deck was removed; the piers raised; the bridge extended one span; and a towing path added. In 1849 the east span burned, but was immediately rebuilt. In September 1854 the same portion burned again. Contractors M.C. Mercur and Thomas Elliott raised the bridge seven feet in 1854-55 to clear flooding. In April 1914 the Wagon Bridge closed to make way for a new steel bridge.
 
Location. 41° 45.904′ N, 76° 26.51′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is on River Street/Merrill Parkway south of Bridge Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Towanda PA 18848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Creamery (a few steps from this marker); American Hotel (a few steps from this marker); 1922 Train Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Train Station

Towanda River Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
2. Towanda River Bridges Marker
(about 300 feet away); The Keystone Theatre (about 400 feet away); Citizens National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Frost's Furniture Factory (about 500 feet away); Naming of Towanda (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
 
Also see . . .  Towanda Borough Historic District. (Submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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