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Another view of the Sixth Street Bridge, built in 1896, from down along the creek. (c1900) Full Size
The Sixth Bridge as seen from a distance. This postcard was sent to Mrs. E. L. Boyles in Shelby OH in November 1913 and reads, “How are you feeling now? Hope you are better. Isn’t this bridge, etc, pretty? Kind of lonesome here on Sundays. Will be glad when Rev (?) comes. Those shirts are just dandy. Give all my best to grandma. With love, Newt (?)” Full Size
An old postcard of the Sixth Street Bridge, showing the old settlement of Hazel Dell in the background. Hazel Dell was annexed to become part of Ellwood City in June 1914. (c1908) Full Size
Another old photo of a family posing by the Sixth Street Bridge. (c1903) Full Size
It was soon decided to replace the Sixth Street Bridge with a more modern structure. Construction of a new 800-foot steel span on Fifth Street (shown above) began in October 1914. The bridge was opened for traffic in November 1915. (1915)
A view of the completed Fifth Street Bridge – looking north towards Hazel Dell. (c1916)
The Fifth Street Bridge was in use for many years and it was finally slated for replacement in the early 1990’s. Construction of a modern concrete span, which cost about $6.4 million, began just alongside it in September 1994. The new Fifth Street Bridge (shown above), known as The Veterans Memorial Bridge, was opened for traffic in July 1996. The old bridge was torn down soon after. (Dec 2011) Full Size
This aerial photo reveals the locations of the four bridges that have spanned the Connoquenessing Creek between Ellwood City and Hazel Dell. (c2012)
Chris Pavkovich #
I always thought that there was a bridge at the end of Bridge Street and now the name makes sense too. The 6th street surprises me too. Thanks for the post.