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Suspension Bridge

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1891, Dean and Westerbrooke, engineers. Little Pine Creek Rd. over Little Pine Creek, English Center
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Suspension bridges are unusual in Pennsylvania's countryside. This single-span bridge, approximately three hundred feet long, has simple steel towers with eyebars, instead of cables, as the principal suspension members. The deck is suspended from the eyebars with angle and lattice members. The New York firm that erected the bridge also designed the Walnut Street Bridge (1890) in Harrisburg. English Center was named after John English Jr., who arrived in this mountainous area in 1831. Initially named Little Pine Creek, the village was renamed in 1856 when lots were laid out. It is surrounded by state game lands.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas



George E. Thomas, "Suspension Bridge", [Waterville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 579-579.

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