Vehicular Era - 1889 to 1972Now the oldest bridge across the Susquehanna River, the People's Bridge was constructed in 1889 utilizing the Baltimore Truss and Phoenix Column in its innovative cast-iron design. It was erected by the People's Bridge Company, organized by the renowned Harrisburg civic leader E.Z. Wallower, as a low-cost alternative to the nearby Camelback Bridge (replaced by the current Market Street Bridge) which has enjoyed a monopoly in fare-paying bridge traffic since 1816. Carrying horse-drawn vehicles, electric streetcars and eventually automobiles, for which affordable tolls were charged until 1956, the People's Bridge remained a major traffic thoroughfare between East and West Shores until 1972, when it was severely weakened by the Hurricane Agnes Flood, and closed to traffic. It is a pedestrian and cycling link today.
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|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:13pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 339752 N 4458211|
|Decimal Degrees||40.25903333, -76.88440000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 15.542', W 76° 53.064'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 15' 32.52" N, 76° 53' 3.84" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 251-261 Capital Area Greenbelt, Harrisburg PA 17101, US|
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