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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Historic Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg

Historic Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
The historic Rockville Bridge crosses the mighty Susquehanna River right above the city of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. It was completed in 1902 and to this day...it's the longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world. It has a total of forty-eight 70-foot arch spans and stretches 3,820 feet in length.

Here's the information on the historical marker located towards the east end of the bridge.
Historical Marker for the Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Rockville Bridge

The longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world, visible to the south, was built between 1900 and 1902. Named for the surrounding small settlement, it has forty-eight arches and a length of 3,820 feet. It is the third bridge constructed here by the Pennsylvania Railroad. A wooden structure had been built 1847 through 1849, followed by an iron bridge in 1877.

- Info is from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 2009
Historic Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

You'll find that the Rockville Bridge crosses the Susquehanna River. On the east side is Rockville and on the west side is south Marysville. At first the masonry railroad bridge had four main-line tracks, but over the years those railroad tracks have been reduced to two. The bridge is only used by the railroad and isn't open to pedestrians. It's still in-use today by the Pennsylvania Railroad and is one of the most-photographed and artistically painted stone bridges in the world.

All of the photographs that we're featuring today were taken with us standing in Fort Hunter Mansion and Park that sits along Front Street in Harrisburg. If you're looking for some great views of the Rockville Bridge, I suggest heading there to see it. You'll find free riverfront parking and you can visit the historic Fort Hunter Mansion and Park while you're there.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I had no idea that the Rockville bridge is the longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world with a total of forty-eight 70-foot arches. I would love to go see it one day soon.