We walk south from the Delaware River’s New York shore on the historic Pond Eddy Bridge to Shohola Township, Pennsylvania. This 113 year-old span, the only way to reach this part of PA by car and one of the last of its kind along the Delaware, may not be around much longer.
Shohola Township residents rely on the bridge as their only way to drive to and from home. The Pond Eddy Bridge was built in 1903 using petit-truss construction, a design that’s not been used in the U.S. since the 1930s. Despite efforts by historic preservationists and others to save the gradually weakening bridge it is scheduled to be dismantled and replaced with a new bridge in 2016.
dagdvm and I twice had the bouncy experience of standing on this beautiful bridge while heavy pickups (one towing a trailer full of landscaping equipment) crossed the 7-ton capacity, one-lane span. On the PA side we found the Pond Eddy Historic Bridge (GC17JMK)* geocache. We found a geocache in every coastal state from Maryland to Maine, and a couple in Quebec, during our Northeast geocaching road trip last June.
The Delaware River from the center of the bridge is a wondrous sight.
If conditions are right and you look down from the center of the southwest side of the bridge, you may see trout sheltering on the lee side of the large rocks that were easily visible to us through the clear water. Thanks to stellarscapes for placing a geocache on the PA side and encouraging us to see this piece of history before it disappears.
*28 June 2013 — this geocache has been archived and is no longer available. Hopefully the cache owner will reactivate the cache or someone else will place a cache at this historic location.