Item No: pdck00184
Title: Schuylkill River, Fairmount Park, Phila. (Columbia Bridge)
Print and Picture Collection
Scharf & Westcott, vol 3, p. 2146;
"The Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad was carried across the Schuylkill on a wodden viaduct just below the residence of Judge Richard Peters. It was opened in March, 1834, and was also used by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. After the Pennsylvania Railroad was chartered and the general traffic operated by way of the Market Street bridge, the Schuylkill viaduct was purchased by the Reading company. For twenty years this structure was known to Philadelphia only as the Columbia Railroad bridge. A new generation which has come forward within the thirty years succeeding knew it only as the Reading Railroad bridge. It has been an exceedingly lucky structure, withstanding floods and ice without harm and never having suffered by fire."
Kollner, Augustus, 1813-1906 - Artist