English Center Bridge in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Source: Joseph Elliott, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

If there is a historic bridge that is one of its kind and must be treated like the Bollmann Bridge in Maryland, it is this bridge, spanning Little Pine Creek in Lycoming County. Nathan Holth in his own profile of this bridge put it in simple terms:

This is a bridge so bizarre and unique that it defies classification. It has been called a truss bridge, a suspension bridge, and even a “two-hinged inverted trussed arch” type bridge. The confusion arises from the fact that this bridge has the characteristics of an eyebar chain suspension bridge, but it also has diagonal members, which are not part of a normal suspension bridge.

The English Center Suspension Bridge is a 300-foot long suspension bridge, all made of steel, built in 1891 by Dean and Westbrook, the same bridge firm that constructed the Sheepford Road Bridge near Mechanicsburg. One can interpret the bridge in one way or another, but it’s definitely a suspension bridge with trusses that serve as suspenders and trusses that are connected with eyebars. It’s a suspension bridge that is as rare as the Bollmann Truss Bridge, which was also interpreted as a suspension bridge with diagonals at one time.

As in some film documentaries I’ve previewed, there is an extended history on how the English Center Bridge was built, which is being presented by History in Your Own Backyard. You can find the documentary below. As of 2019, the bridge was scheduled for a full rehabilitation which would call for the bridge to be dismantled, refurbished and reassembled. The original concrete decking would be removed because of deterioration. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, which brought virtually everything to a near standstill, it is unknown whether this has been carried out or not. Should anyone have an update on the situation of the bridge, please feel free to share that info in the comment section below as well as through the Chronicles’ social media pages. Your help would be much appreciated.

Enjoy the film and happy bridgehunting, folks! 🙂