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Henszey Bridge


Henszey's Bridge was listed in the National Register for its engineering as a rare surviving example of a 19th century bowstring arch bridge. Source: Lawrence Biemiller.

Henszey’s Bridge was originally designed to carry Main Street over Trout Creek in Slatington, Pennsylvania. In 1900, it was moved to Wanamakers, Lehigh County, to span the Ontelaunee Creek. Nineteenth-century wrought iron bowstring arch bridges of this type have all but vanished from the landscape. The bridge is listed in the National Register. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1987 after it was found that it could no longer support local traffic. Source: Lawrence Biemiller.

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