Old Iron Bridge Connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn

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.*

Iron Bridge Penn Ave Wyomissing

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.

Iron Bridge Penn Ave Wyomissing
Picture sent in by V. Jones

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.

Iron Bridge Penn Ave Wyomissing
Picture courtesy of  Steven Rapak’s “WWO – Back in the Day” album on facebook
422 bypass being built in 1974
Bypass bridge replacement being built in 1974

If anyone has photos of these buildings I would love to see and share them. [email protected]

*Informational contributions to this article made by Gregory D. Pawelski

Born and raised in Berks, I am fascinated by the style, design & culture of the mid-late 20th century. I started this website to research and build a collection of the places, things and stories I have heard about my entire life. Read more here.

9 Replies to “Old Iron Bridge Connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn”

  1. I remember the old Queen of the Valley, and Schell’s.I hope someone has pics. I also
    remember when 422 was a two-lane blacktop road running past the newly-built Berkshire Mall.

  2. Our house on the Penn Avenue spur was very close to the Iron Bride, and as boys we used to play under it. There was a kind of a surreal moon landscape there with dunes and craters. Early “Truth or Dare”? We used to dare one another to run naked across the tracks and back.

  3. My parents moved to Wyomissing in June of 1967. We lived on Evans Ave. one block down from the bridge. As a kid we used to walk across the bridge to go to West Lawn. Remember when they closed it to take it down.

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