Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Michael Howard, Maureen Howard


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The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, originally named the Delaware River Bridge, was constructed to connect the cities of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey. For a time after its opening on July 1, 1926, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 1,750 feet. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge contains many rarely seen images of the bridge’s planning and construction, the individuals who helped make the concept of the bridge a reality, and the workers who built it. The bridge has undergone many changes in the decades since its opening, and these vintage photographs trace its evolution, illustrating the bridge’s endurance as a symbol of the Philadelphia-Camden metropolitan area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738562582
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 1,173,540
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Howard is an engineer at the Delaware River Port Authority, the agency that owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. He has long held an interest in the bridge’s history, and in transportation history as well, and is a member of the West Jersey chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Maureen Howard, his wife, is an editor in the medical publishing industry and has a strong interest in local history. She is a member of the Camden County Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Erected by a Part for the Whole 11

2 Spanning the Delaware 29

3 Expanding its Purpose 97

4 Additional Crossings 113

5 The Bridge Today 121

Bibliography 127

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