Item No: pdcc00506
Title: Market Street Bridge.
Print and Picture Collection
Engraving of the covered bridge spanning the Schuylkill River at Market Street. Factory chimneys and industrial buildings are depicted on the left bank, including a partial view of the Gas Works. The tall obelisk on the extreme left is the shot tower built by merchant Paul Beck in 1808. The 166 foot high tower dwarfed the surounding buildings and quickly became a landmark. Vessels both large and small are shown on the river, and people fish from the water's edge.
Completed in 1805 the Schuylkill Permanent Bridge was the first covered bridge in America. Altered in 1850 to accomodate a street railroad, it was destroyed by fire in 1875.
A917.481 P536 v.6
Beck, Paul, 1760-1844
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler