Spanning Pennypack Creek at Frankford Avenue
|"I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings!!"|
Old-Ass bridge? Sheeit, this is the oldest-ass bridge in America. It was built before the first Chestnut Street Bridge and is still rocking traffic 314 years later. That's pretty fucking amazing. Show some fucking respect when crossing this thing.
Back in the 1680's, traveling to and from the city/village of Philadelphia from points North was a huge pain in the ass. Even after bridges were built over all the creeks other obstacles, you would still have to cross the Pennypack Creek by wading through it like an asshole. If it just rained or snowed, you were FUCKED. In 1683, William Penn himself went up to the English court and begged them to build a bridge over the creek thousands of miles away. 14 years later, the bridge was built... and soon became one of the immortals from Highlander.
|Like this, but a bridge.|
Now, I should be fair in saying that the bridge as it appears today or even 100 years ago is not how the bridge originally looked. This bridge has been altered and reconstructed so many times that only the 16-foot arches are somewhat original. It was widened/renovated in 1740, 1803, 1828, 1893, 1894, 1950, and 1997. It went from being 73 feet long and 16 feet wide to 154 feet long and 36 feet wide.
|The 1893 alteration, the most drastic one, in progress.|
Hundreds of cars and trucks roll over this 314-year-old bridge every day, not realizing the amazing ability for this ancient bridge to survive and stay in use despite countless floods and 80-year-long periods of neglect. Good job, bridge.
|The bridge as it appeared in 1907.|