This iron bridge was on 422/Penn Ave connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn. It was built in 1926 and replaced an older, smaller iron bridge. That older bridge ended up being placed on the Horseshoe Trail at Scarlets Mill in Robeson Township after retiring from this spot. It was one of only two “overhead bowstring bridges” known to survive.*
There were railroad tracks for on the side from the era of the trolley. The trolley used to pick up workers on Penn Ave and take them into town, crossing the old iron bridge. This was a main method of transportation used by common folks for a majority of the first half of the 20th century.
It was torn down in the 70s to make room for the new bypass. Attractions you may remember near here included the Queen of the Valley Restaurant and the old Schell’s Ice Cream location.
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*Informational contributions to this article made by Gregory D. Pawelski