Bridges Over the Delaware River: A History of Crossings
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rgurskey - LibraryThing
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
PART ONE DOWNRIVER
The Lower Trenton Bridge 1806
The Centre Bridge at Stockton 1814
The New HopeLambertville Bridge 1814
The TaylorsvilleDelaware Bridge Washingtons
The YardleyWilburtha Bridge 1835
The Riegelsville Bridge 1837
The ColumbiaPortland Bridge 1869
Darlingtons Bridge 1915
PART THREE UPRIVER
The Narrowsburg Bridge 1811
The CochectonDamascus Bridge 1819
The Port JervisMatamoras Bridge 1852
The BarryvilleShohola Bridge 1856
The Upper Black EddyMilford Bridge 1842
The UhlerstownFrenchtown Bridge 1844
The Point PleasantByram Bridge 1855
The LumbervilleRaven Rock Bridge 1856
The Calhoun Street Bridge 1861
PART TWO MIDRIVER
The EastonPhillipsburg Bridge 1806
The MilfordDelaware Bridge 1826
The BelvidereRiverton Bridge 1836
The Dingmans Bridge 1836