Wabash Bridge (Pittsburgh)

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Wabash Bridge
Wabash Bridge Pittsburgh 1938.jpg
Wabash Bridge 1938
Coordinates 40°26′13.51″N 80°0′26.49″W / 40.4370861°N 80.0073583°W / 40.4370861; -80.0073583Coordinates: 40°26′13.51″N 80°0′26.49″W / 40.4370861°N 80.0073583°W / 40.4370861; -80.0073583
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Characteristics
Design cantilever through truss (removed) piers: rusticated stone
Material steel
Total length 1,504 feet (458 m)
Longest span 812 feet (247 m)
Piers in water 2
Clearance above 46 feet (14 m)
History
Opened 1904
Closed 1946 (closed to traffic)
1948 (removed)
A view of the Wabash Bridge piers, 2004.

The Wabash Bridge was a railroad bridge across the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh. It was constructed between 1902 and 1904 by railroad magnate George J. Gould for his Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway.[1]

History[edit]

The terminal and warehouses were destroyed by fire in 1946 and the bridge was demolished in 1948 after years of neglect. The steel from the bridge was used in the construction of the Dravosburg Bridge in 1948.[2]

Two piers remain in place today, the only remnants of the bridge still in place at the original site.

The Wabash Tunnel, which carried the railroad through the hills south of the Monongahela River, sat abandoned for more than 50 years before reopening to one-way auto traffic in 2004.

One of the two remaining piers from the Wabash Bridge that took rail traffic across the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, from 1904 to 1946.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, PA - Wabash Bridge". 
  2. ^ Bennett, Joe (June 5, 1977). "Pittsburgh's Hard-Luck Bridge". The Pittsburgh Press Roto. Retrieved March 28, 2010.