Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Connecting Communities Across the Delaware River
The first commercial crossing of the Delaware River at Easton was a ferry enfranchised to David Martin in 1739. Located near the present site of Scott Park at the junction of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, it operated until the beginning of the nineteenth century. After about a half-century of use, the ferry could no longer adequately serve commerce and was replaced with a covered, wooden bridge that was opened to traffic on October 14, 1806.
The covered bridge was designed and built by Timothy Palmer, one of the foremost bridge builders of his time. By the late nineteenth century, when horse-drawn streetcars were replaced by trolley cars, the old wooden bridge could no longer handle the demands of traffic and a new structure was erected at Northampton Street.
The Northampton Street Bridge, also known as the "Free Bridge," was designed by James Madison Porter III, a graduate of nearby Lafayette College with a degree in civil engineering, who hailed from a family long prominent in Easton and Pennsylvania history.
The Northampton Street Bridge is designated as an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Karl Stirner Arts Trail
City of Easton, Pennsylvania
Location. 40° Touch for map. Marker is located near the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the intersection, overlooking the Northampton Street 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 this marker. Christopher Columbus Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); David Martin's Ferry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Florence Seibert (about 700 feet away); Lafayette College Founding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Phoenix Hose Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Declaration of Independence in Easton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
More about this marker. Marker is included in Easton's "Karl Stirner Arts Trail" series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Northampton Street Bridge
Also see . . .
1. Northampton Street Crossing History.
The crossing was first a ferry crossing run by David (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Timothy Palmer, The Nestor of American Bridge Builders.
Palmer’s last major structure was a bridge over the Delaware River connecting Easton, Pennsylvania with Philipsburg, New Jersey. He had the deck sit on top of the central truss, with his side trusses ran to the roof. This bridge lasted until 1895, surviving many floods common to the Delaware River. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. James Madison Porter III.
James Madison Porter III (1864–1928) was an American civil engineer notable for his role in designing two unique bridges across the Delaware River and for his development of the civil engineering program at Lafayette College. In addition to his academic achievements, Porter designed the Northampton Street Bridge between Easton, Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg, New Jersey, (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Persons •
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