16 08, 2020

Wertz’s Red Covered Bridge

2020-08-16T13:56:36-04:00August 16th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Wertz's Covered Bridge, also known as the Red Covered Bridge, is a historic wooden covered bridge located at Bern Township and Spring Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The bridge, a 204-foot-long, Burr Truss bridge, crosses the Tulpehocken Creek and serves as the walkway [...]

28 07, 2020

Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-28T16:21:28-04:00July 28th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Muhlenberg Township had two covered bridges, Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge and Leize’s Bridge, both of which spanned the Schuylkill River and both shared with Bern Township. Bridges were covered only to extend the life of the wooden superstructures but Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge was unique [...]

26 07, 2020

The Crossroads at Leisz’s Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-26T20:48:03-04:00July 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

One of the most historic spots along Muhlenberg Township’s River Road is the intersection with Leisz’s Bridge Road. Leisz’s Bridge was an important commercial link between Bern and Muhlenberg Townships. In particular, the early dairies in Muhlenberg Township benefited from the ease of [...]

26 06, 2020

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Swinging Bridge at Outer Station

2020-06-26T09:20:05-04:00June 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

In 1886, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) decided to provide a safe pedestrian route across its main line and yard tracks east of the Outer Station in Reading. With the closest underpass located two blocks north of the station, pedestrians coming from [...]

21 06, 2020

History of the Warren Street, West Shore, and Outer Bypasses

2020-07-14T01:55:06-04:00June 21st, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Warren Street was constructed around 1920, running from Fayette Street near the Tulpehocken Creek east to a dead end near the Schuylkill River. In 1949, plans were made to build a four-lane bridge across Tulpehocken Creek at Warren Street. As part of this [...]

20 06, 2020

Old Iron Bridge Connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn

2020-06-20T21:45:37-04:00June 20th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

The old iron bridge which connected Wyomissing and West Lawn was built in 1925. Below: Photos showing the iron bridge which was under construction at the time. Below: 1960 Map showing location of old iron bridge. The bridge had three [...]

18 05, 2020

Vintage Videos of Reading, PA and Berks County

2020-05-21T12:32:03-04:00May 18th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts, Landmarks, Planes-Trains-Automobiles, Towns-Wards|0 Comments

Sinking Spring Drive-In The Sinking Spring Drive-In, which opened in 1955, was the third in Berks to be built in the post-World War II heyday of America's love affair with the car. When it was built by Fabian and Jay Emanuel Theaters, its [...]

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