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Rising Sun Bridge

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1927–1928, Charles E. Grubb, with Harrington, Howard and Ash. Foot of Rising Sun Ln. over Brandywine Creek, New Bridge
  • Rising Sun Bridge

The 123-foot long, riveted Pratt through-truss is the only bridge of this type still carrying highway traffic in Delaware. It rests on abutments from a predecessor of 1883. Climbing down the steep bank, one sees that the roadway is still supported by an early stone arch (c. 1830) that once crossed a millrace. At that time, Rising Sun Bridge was a graceful covered span. Just east is the original entrance to the DuPont Experimental Station (BR25), formerly Lower Powder Yard. Along the west bank runs a sewer line, blasted into solid rock by the WPA in one of its most difficult Delaware projects (1935–1936).

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Rising Sun Bridge", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-CH20.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 71-72.

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