Lancaster – York Intercounty Bridge Dedication program

A long time ago, when we bought a home in Columbia, we also bought random memorabilia. As happens over time, some things go into hiding, but this just resurfaced.

On that dedication day, Armistice Day (Tuesday, November 11), 1930, the bridge was dedicated “IN MEMORY of the Sons and Daughters of Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania, who have served in the wars of their country.” In fact, that is the inscription on the tablet that was placed on each end of the Lancaster-York Intercounty Bridge.

Brigadier General E.C.Shannon was the Lancaster County chairman of the dedication committee.

Over time, we will  try gingerly to scan the pages of the dedication program and history; in the meanwhile, we found this online site with text recopied (http://www.historicbridges.org/pennsylvania/columbiawrightsville/pa3595.pdf).

Off the topic, but while “googling” we found this interesting map: http://wiki.worldflicks.org/wrightsville_columbia_bridge.html

And here’s what another Website says about the bridge: “Construction of the Veterans Memorial Bridge (once called the Lancaster-York Intercounty Bridge), began in 1929, and the bridge opened September 301930, with the two lanes that exist today. On Armistice Day (Veterans Day) 1930, it was dedicated as the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Designed by James B. Long and built by Glen Wiley and Glenway Maxon (Wiley-Maxon Construction Company), it cost $2,484,000 plus $56,400 paid as an early completion bonus. Constructed of reinforced concrete, the 5,183-foot (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon)-long bridge (7,374 feet including spans over land) has 27 river piers, 22 approach piers, a 38-foot (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon)-wide roadway, and a 6-foot (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon)-wide sidewalk. 100,000 cubic yards (76,000 m3) of concrete and 8 million pounds of steel reinforcing rods were used, and coffer dams were built to aid in construction. Each span consists of three separate concrete ribs connected at five points by horizontal concrete struts, with the longest span measuring 185 feet (56 m).” Source: http://www.thefullwiki.org/Columbia-Wrightsville_Bridge

And this ebay listing to sell one of the programs: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1930-Program-Dedication-Lancaster-York-Bridge-Columbia-/140567332829

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