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This is a list of all 8 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Lehigh River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1811 Third Street
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:18
Structurae ID:0008063
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer (?)
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1814 Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:19
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, PTS2
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2
1824 Biery's
Biery's Port (Catasauqua), Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:21
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer, George Deily (?)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1824 Lehigh Gap (Palmerton)
Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:22
Structurae ID:0008066
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, WHSB
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1933
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Notes
  • Finley patent bridge.
1857 Change (Chain, Lehigh Canal Swinging, Wire Towing Path at Pool No. 8)
Glendon, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:56
O'Donnell ID:554
Coordinates:N 40.65382 W 75.24774
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HAERPA461, HBP
Principals:Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co., E.A. Douglas
Use:Footbridge and Change
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Often mistakenly called a "chain" bridge, this is a "change" bridge. Dale Oswald explains (in the context of the Aldrich Change Bridge at Palmyra, NY), "A change bridge is one with low railings and an underpass that allowed draft teams to move from one side of the canal to the other without unhitching, cloverleaf-style."
Photo by David Denenberg
1886 Lower
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:813
References:DSL20030414, WGE20030513
Status:Demolished, 1951
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Damaged by windstorm 1950.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1888 Tidewater Pipeline
Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:1527
O'Donnell ID:793
Coordinates:N 40.90714 W 75.748544
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, HBE
Principals:William Hildenbrand
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:360f
1900 Upper
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:366
References:AAJ, DSL20030414, EN19001122, HBE, PTS2, WGE20030513
Principals:Henry G. Tyrell, John McNeal
Use:Footbridge
Status:Demolished, 1955
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main spans:2 x 279f
Side span:110f
Notes
  • According to Tyrell, "[It] joins Dock Street on the lower side of the river with Glendon Avenue on the upper side, 90 feet above it. To overcome this difference in elevation of the two ends without incurring excessive expense for approach, the bridge floor was made to descend on a grade of 7.2 per cent from the upper bank to meet stairs rising from Dock Street..."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg

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