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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Walnut Street Bridge

 
 
Walnut Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. Walnut Street Bridge Marker
Inscription. Oldest surviving bridge over the Susquehanna. Opened by the People's Bridge Co. in 1890. "Old Shakey," one of the last remaining multi-span Phoenix truss bridges, was a toll bridge until 1957. Flood damage, 1972, closed it to automobiles. Three of its 15 spans were destroyed, 1996.
 
Erected 1996 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 15.333′ N, 76° 53.274′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker can be reached from Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the City Island end of The People's Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Island (here, next to this marker); Harrisburg Giants (within shouting distance of this marker); The People’s Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Walnut Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The People’s Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Riverfront Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); James McCormick Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dauphin County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Wide view of the Walnut Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 29, 2010
2. Wide view of the Walnut Street Bridge Marker
Bridge is open to pedestrians and bikes only. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
3. Bridge is open to pedestrians and bikes only.
Walnut Street Bridge (1890) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 29, 2010
4. Walnut Street Bridge (1890)
Looking from City Island, this section of the Walnut Street Bridge crosses the Susquehanna River from downtown Harrisburg to the parks and recreational areas on City Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,544 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on August 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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