Wandering Aimlessly


Kinzua Bridge Viaduct, Part 2

by Phil Burkhouse


This week I will finish my article on a destination you should definitely consider, the Kinzua Bridge Viaduct.  Last week I mentioned the original iron viaduct was constructed to shorten the time and distance needed to deliver raw materials from areas south of the bridge to markets in Erie and Buffalo.  The 301 foot high viaduct that spanned almost a half mile across Kinzua Creek in McKean County was completed on August 29, 1883.

As previously mentioned, by 1900 the locomotives moving resources to booming markets became larger and heavier, which necessitated the removal of the original iron viaduct and the construction of a steel bridge.  Construction of the new viaduct was completed in 1900.



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