Then & Now, Buttonwood Street Bridge

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The Buttonwood St. Bridge was built in 1931 to connect the Northwest part of Reading with West Reading, near where Wyomissing Industries were located.  $225,000 was donated to the bridge project by Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen, whom were owners of the huge textile mills in Wyomissing. They believed this bridge would help their workers who lived in the NW area of Reading get to work more easily and help them be on time.

In 2015, this bridge was shut down to complete much needed repairs to the structure. It reopened just recently in April of 2017.

1930s – shortly after completion
2015 – before repairs



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