Dunlap's Creek Bridge

 

 

Dedicated July 4, 1839 and heralded as the first cast iron bridge built in the United States, it is still in use today with no weight restrictions. This bridge has received five historical and engineering awards. Route 40, National Road, over Dunlap's Creek. National Register Site.

Today, as you drive over the bridge on Main Street in downtown Brownsville, it may very well go unnoticed, as there are buildings on either side of the bridge built over the creek. In fact, it takes some effort to see even small portions of the bridge's superstructure. The picture shown here was taken from a turn-of-the century (20th) postcard.

An historic marker is at the south end of the bridge.

 
         
    The Flatiron Building Heritage Center
69 Market St
Brownsville, PA 15417
724-785-9331
   
         
    Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice    
    Turn Left on Route 21 East Travel 1.9 miles to intersection (YWBA on Left) Turn Left on Duck Hollow Road Travel 0.8 miles to intersection. Turn Right on New Salem Road Travel 1.2 miles to intersection of US40 Turn Left onto US40 West At about 9 miles at a traffic light you will turn right, proceed about 0.1 mile then turn left Travel 10.8 miles to Brownsville (just before crossing Lane-Bane Bridge) Turn Right onto Market Travel 50 yards to intersection Turn Left on Market St Travel 0.2 mile where you will pass over the bridge. When driving through town you may not even notice the bridge. Look for the historic marker on the opposite side of the street. Park and walk to a better vantage point.    
    While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions. Historic Brownsville Flat Iron Building Nemacolin Castle National Road    
   

   
   
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Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401
 
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