Ninety-six years ago, the Herron Avenue Bridge

It’s not intentional that the history posts lately seem to all be about bridges leading into Polish Hill — honest!  It’s just that all these these wonderful pictures were taken in the spring, and were recently added to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Archive.

These photos documenting the construction of the Herron Avenue Bridge were taken on May 13, 1916.  In the first two photos, looking east and southeast , the Iron City Brewery (and its distinctive smokestack) is visible in the background.  And to the right in the photo above, you can just see the eastern side of Polish Hill off in the distance.

Above, from below the bridge, looking west.  The bridge spanned what was then the Pennsylvania Railroad.  In 1968 the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with New York Central to form the Penn Central Transportation Company (Penn Central).