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Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Northampton Street Bridge

 
 
Northampton Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
1. Northampton Street Bridge Marker
Inscription.
This structure replaces a covered wooden bridge of three spans, each about 155 feet clear, supported by two hollow piers, 35 feet by 55 feet and two abutments, built by Timothy Palmer, 1805. At the time of removal being next to the oldest, if not the oldest, wooden highway bridge in the United States.

Dimensions of Present Bridge
A cantilever bridge, 550 feet between end pins; Two shore arms and two river arms, 125 feet each; suspended span, 50 feet; trusses, 36 feet centers; extreme width, 56 feet 6 inches.

Material, medium steel. Built 1895, by Union Bridge Co. Elevation of capstone on pier, 187.87 feet above mean tide, at Sandy Hook.
 
Location. 40° 41.492′ N, 75° 12.262′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker can be reached from Northampton Street east of Larry Holmes Drive (Pennsylvania Route 611), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is a large metal tablet mounted directly on a supporting steel pillar, just west of the center of the bridge. Marker is accessible from, and only visible from, the pedestrian walkway along the south side of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Easton PA 18042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Delaware Bridge Company Plaque (<i>mounted top/center on bridge structure</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
2. Delaware Bridge Company Plaque (mounted top/center on bridge structure)
Delaware Bridge Co.
Incorporated
March 1795
Managers
1895
JAMES W. LONG, PRESIDENT,
SAMUEL BOILEAU, JOHN F. GWINNER,
JOHN J. DETWILLER, WILLIAM HACKETT,
JOHN EYERMAN, ROBERT I. JONES,
- CONTRACTORS –
UNION BRIDGE COMPANY.
ENGINEER,
J.M.PORTER.
this marker. Connecting Communities Across the Delaware River (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Columbus Statue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Martin's Ferry (about 700 feet away); Dr. Florence Seibert (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Manse (approx. 0.2 miles away in New Jersey); S.A. Comstock Building (approx. 0.2 miles away in New Jersey); Winter & Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away in New Jersey); Stites - Thomas Store (approx. 0.2 miles away in New Jersey). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Northampton Street Bridge
 
Also see . . .
1. Northampton Street Bridge.
Combining aesthetics with economical design, the Northampton Street Bridge employs a cantilever design with overhead sway bracing confined to the pier elements, giving it the appearance of a small, graceful suspension bridge. Fine ornamental work and miniature turret finishings on the main verticals add to the bridge's elegant presence. Built for the Delaware Bridge Company and operated as a toll bridge, it was sold to the Delaware River Joint Bridge Commission in 1921 and has been toll-free to automobile traffic ever since. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark plaque (<i>mounted on beam near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
3. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark plaque (mounted on beam near marker)

2. Northampton Street Bridge.
This bridge is a unique, incredible blend of engineering and artistry that is unlike any other bridge in the country. There are very few cantilever bridges in the United States remaining that are pin-connected in their entirety, and as such the Northampton Street Bridge is technologically significant. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1924. The bridge underwent major renovation 1957 following severe damage caused by flooding. Despite this, the bridge appears to retain integrity of design. The bridge was also rehabilitated in 1990 and 2002. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureBridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Northampton Street Bridge (<i>north side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
4. Northampton Street Bridge (north side view)
Northampton Street Bridge (<i>pier tower view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
5. Northampton Street Bridge (pier tower view)
Northampton Street Bridge - 2002 Rededication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
6. Northampton Street Bridge - 2002 Rededication Plaque
Northampton Street Bridge "No Horses" Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
7. Northampton Street Bridge "No Horses" Sign
Northampton Street Bridge Pedestrian Walkway image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
8. Northampton Street Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8. submitted on April 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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