Bridges Over the Delaware River: A History of Crossings

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Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 204 pages
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When Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware River, it is a shame he couldn't have invited local historian Frank T. Dale along for the ride. Dale could have suggested the easiest crossing points.

Fortunately for contemporary readers, Dale has written a fascinating book chronicling thirty-five of the most historic bridges crossing the Delaware, some of which have served the residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for almost two centuries. Many of us take these bridges for granted as we speed across, impatient to reach our destination, but their histories are too interesting to ignore.

Dale brings us the stories behind each bridge, covering design, engineering, ownership, finances, and politics. He chronicles the life of each, from the original construction, through modifications, and, sometimes, through the bridges' multiple destructions and reconstructions. Along the way, Dale recounts the history of the area surrounding each bridge, including the demise of ferry services, reasons why each bridge was built, politics surrounding construction, debates over public versus privately owned bridges, and stories of the floods and fires that threatened not only the bridges, but the local residents. Dozens of rare photos give readers a captivating window back into the past.

These fine old structures have become integral parts of Delaware River life and have an exciting past of their own. Bridges over the Delaware River will ensure that their legacies endure.

 

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The folksy style of writing really got on my nerves. There are errors in the basic use of fractions. Truss type of the wooden covered bridges is only explicitly stated for one bridge. However, the photographs are quite good. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE DOWNRIVER
5
The Lower Trenton Bridge 1806
7
The Centre Bridge at Stockton 1814
13
The New HopeLambertville Bridge 1814
21
The TaylorsvilleDelaware Bridge Washingtons Crossing 1834
29
The YardleyWilburtha Bridge 1835
35
The Upper Black EddyMil ford Bridge 1842
41
The Riegelsville Bridge 1837
103
The ColumbiaPortland Bridge 1869
109
Darlingtons Bridge 1915
116
PART THREE UPRJVER
121
The Narrowsburg Bridge 1811
123
The CochectonDamascus Bridge 1819
128
The Port JervisMatamoras Bridge 1852
134
The BarryvilleShohola Bridge 1856
141

The UhlerstownFrenchtown Bridge 1844
47
The Point PleasantByram Bridge 1855
52
The LumbervilleRaven Rock Bridge 1856
56
The Calhoun Street Bridge 1861
61
PART TWO MIDRIVER
67
The EastonPhillipsburg Bridge 1806
69
The MilfordDelaware Bridge 1826
78
The BelvidereRiverton Bridge 1836
86
The Dingmans Bridge 1836
93
The LordvilleEquinunk Bridge 1870
149
The Pond Eddy Bridge 1870
158
The Little Equinunk Bridge 1889
165
The Callicoon Bridge 1898
171
The Lackawaxen Bridge 1900
178
The Milanville Bridge at Skinners Falls 1902
190
Bibliography
197
Index
201
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Page 199 - Zacher, Susan M. The Covered Bridges of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1982. PUBLISHED ARTICLES Buchsen, Delores. "Pennsylvania's Lumber Industry.

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Frank T. Dale, a freelance writer and local historian, has garnered awards from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, the Working Press Association, and the New Jersey Historical Commission

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