The People's Bridge

The People's Bridge (HM3S5)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17101 Dauphin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 15.542', W 76° 53.064'

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Vehicular Era - 1889 to 1972

Now the oldest bridge across the Susquehanna River, the People's Bridge was constructed in 1889 utilizing the Baltimore Truss and Phoenix Column in its innovative cast-iron design. It was erected by the People's Bridge Company, organized by the renowned Harrisburg civic leader E.Z. Wallower, as a low-cost alternative to the nearby Camelback Bridge (replaced by the current Market Street Bridge) which has enjoyed a monopoly in fare-paying bridge traffic since 1816. Carrying horse-drawn vehicles, electric streetcars and eventually automobiles, for which affordable tolls were charged until 1956, the People's Bridge remained a major traffic thoroughfare between East and West Shores until 1972, when it was severely weakened by the Hurricane Agnes Flood, and closed to traffic. It is a pedestrian and cycling link today.
HM NumberHM3S5
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 339752 N 4458211
Decimal Degrees40.25903333, -76.88440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.542', W 76° 53.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 32.52" N, 76° 53' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 251-261 Capital Area Greenbelt, Harrisburg PA 17101, US
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