Wednesday, September 11, 2019
“It is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
A couple begins a stroll across The Riegelsville Toll-Supported Bridge (Riegelsville Roebling Bridge) on a beautiful August day in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, a sweet and simple way for people in love to spend a summer afternoon.
Spanning the Delaware River, the bridge connects the Borough of Riegelsville in Pennsylvania with Pohatcong Township in New Jersey.
The original bridge, a covered wooden structure, was constructed in 1835. It remained in service until the entire superstructure was swept away by the flood of October 10, 1903.
The existing bridge, constructed in 1904 by John A. Roebling’s Sons Company of New York, is a three-span suspension structure with a total length of 577 feet. The open-grid steel deck provides a roadway width of 16 feet between steel rubrails. A timber-plank sidewalk is supported by a king post floor beam system, cantilevered on both ends of the bridge. The sidewalk railing is actually a double-warren truss, assisting in strengthening the bridge roadway.
The substructure, masonry piers originally built in 1835, were raised and built up in 1904. The pier nearest the Pennsylvania approach was almost completely demolished in the flood of 1936 and was subsequently rebuilt using reinforced concrete.
The bridge was rehabilitated in 2010 and dedicated in 2011. It is owned by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and is currently posted for a three-ton weight limit and a 15 MPH speed limit.
Riegelsville is a Route 611 river town along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail). The trail is positioned between the Delaware River and Delaware Canal, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
“My darling I am dreaming of the days gone by,
When you and I were sweethearts beneath the summer sky …
But still I will remember, where I first met you …
Down by the old mill stream where I first met you …
It was there I knew that you loved me true ..”
~ “Down by the Old Mill Stream”
~ written by Tell Taylor and one of the most popular songs of the early 20th century. The publisher, Forster Music Publisher, Inc. sold four million copies.
The song was written in 1908 while Taylor was sitting on the banks of the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio in the city of Findlay. Reportedly, Taylor’s friends persuaded him not to publish the song, believing it did not have commercial value. Two years later in 1910, however, the song was published and introduced to the public with the performances by the vaudeville quartet The Orpheus Comedy Four. After the group performed the song at a Woolworth store in Kansas City, it became so popular that the store sold out all one thousand copies of its sheet music Taylor had brought with him. Since then, over four million copies of its sheet music have been sold and it has become a staple for barbershop quartets.
~ recorded by artists including Arthur Clough, Harry Macdonough, Bing Crosby, The Mills Brothers and Harry James
The Old Mill Bridge is the star of this high contrast monochrome shot I captured on perfect, sun-dappled late August afternoon just off the Saucon Rail Trail, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
The Saucon Creek streams under the bridge, constructed in 1867 and considered to be one of the earliest dated iron Pratt pony truss structures known in Pennsylvania. The bridge was rebuilt in 1948 and rededicated April 17, 2013.
The Old Mill Bridge is part of the Ehrharts Mill Historic District that appears on the National Register of Historic Places.
First developed as a mill site in the mid-18th century, the Grist Mill ground wheat from local farmers that was shipped out via the North Penn Railroad, which now serves as the Saucon Rail Trail. The mill was operated by the Ehrhart family from 1820 to 1959 and was destroyed by a fire in 1995.