Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

July 29, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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No More Penn Pilot for Historical Aerial Photos!

PA SHPO recently learned that the Penn Pilot website for historical aerial photographs will be taken offline in the near future. Two new online websites offer free access to these photographs, so update your bookmarks!

June 12, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: Oil City Main Street’s Kathy Bailey

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities. … Continue reading

May 25, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PA Humanities Council’s Laurie Zierer

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities. … Continue reading

January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

October 23, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Finding a New Life for the Inwood Iron Bridge

When travelling between Schuylkill and Lebanon County, some may prefer to skip Interstate 81 and take the more scenic route past Swatara State Park.  The park is relatively recent in its formation, created in 1987, and DCNR continues to make … Continue reading

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September 11, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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CRGIS your Commute!

The Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike is the oldest paved highway in America. It was chartered in 1792 and opened in 1795, connecting farmers in Lancaster County with markets in Philadelphia via a state-of-the-art crushed gravel (or “macadamized”) surface pioneered by … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over water

May 8, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Saving the Watts Mill Road Bridge: Part 1

Beaver County’s Watts Mill Road Bridge, a National Register-listed Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1878, will be preserved as a new pedestrian crossing through the collaborative efforts of PennDOT, Workin’ Bridges, Beaver County, and the citizens of Beaver County. Continue reading

1905 short metal truss bridge over water

August 1, 2018
by Tyra Guyton
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Metal Truss Bridges Survey Update: More Bridges Determined Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places

Metal truss bridges are an important part of Pennsylvania’s engineering and technological history and stand as a legacy to the state’s iron and steel industry.