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In early June 1909 the old Pittsburg Street Bridge was torn down and work immediately began on this new concrete span. In the background can be seen the Johnson Building on the north bank of the Neshannock Creek. This amazing photo and the subsequent five photos were taken by Pennsylvania Railroad telegrapher George Elmer Fisher, a amateur photographer who lived in New Castle for a time. (1909) Full Size
Work underway on the new bridge – soon renamed as the East Washington Street Bridge. (1909)
A closeup of the work. (1909)
Both spans of the concrete bridge appear to have been poured – although still encased in wooden scaffolding. (1909)Full Size
While work got underway tearing down the old bridge in June 1909 this temporary footbridge was erected to allow pedestrian traffic to cross the Neshannock Creek. In the background is the north side of the creek. (1909) Full Size
Apparently folks liked to loiter on this footbridge and watch the progress of the new concrete bridge. A brief mention in the New Castle News of July 9, 1909, reads kind of like a stern warning towards laziness in general, “No loitering is now allowed on the foot bridge across the Neshannock, it ought to be stopped at many other places, too.” In the background is the old Mill Street Bridge, which would be replaced in 1919-20. Another temporary footbridge would be erected nearby at that time. (1909) Full Size
In early June 1909 the old bridge was torn down and work immediately began on this new concrete span. The new bridge, soon renamed as the East Washington Street Bridge, was opened for traffic on Friday, October 1, 1909. Mayor Harry J. Lusk had the honor of being in the first buggy to cross the structure that afternoon. (c1914) Full Size
A black & white version of the photo above. The bridge had a single pier that was anchored in the creek bed and supported the center of the span. The pier would have issues with deterioration and have to be ocassionally repaired over the years. The aging Mill Street Bridge, which was torn down and replaced in 1919-20, is visible in the background. (c1914) Full Size
An old photo depicting the East Washington Street Bridge. (Jun 1917)
Mike Bruening #
I have pictures of that bridge being built and the dates are 1904/1905? These pictures were taken by Lee Fisher I believe. They were on some sort of glass template, so the detail is amazing! He lived on Quest Street and was an amatuer photographer. Google the name. The pictures are worth a look!
Jeff Bales Jr. #
(EDITOR’S NOTE) Mike, thanks for the heads up! I have a few of those great photos by George Elmer Fisher (1864-1953) and posted a few here in response to your message. Jeff
Wayne Boso #
My question is about the large building in the background on the left, what was it’s purpose, when was it built. I know as a child I vaguely recall it as ran down with apartments in it. It was always such a large presence, I wondered what it was. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
Jeff Bales Jr #
(EDITOR’S NOTE) Wayne, Which photo(s) are you referring you? If you mean the photos of the newer bridge (built 1909) that is the Dean Block on the left along Croton Avenue. It was built in 1901-02 and was initially the home of the New Castle Business College – and then various small businesses over the years. By the early 1960’s it was home to the Dean Block Apartments. It was neglected and was condemned in the 1980’s. The smaller but similar building, without the raised roof, is the old Dufford Block. These buildings, and a smaller one closer to the bridge, were all torn down and are now part of a waterfront park beside the Rescue Mission. Hope this helps! Jeff