Ben Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge Celebrates 90 Years!

When it was finished on July 1, 1926, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (originally named the Delaware River Bridge) was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Jubilant crowds excitedly awaited its official opening of the bridge on that hot summer day. The opening of the bridge represented the uniting of two neighboring cities.

Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot stated that “The Delaware River Bridge stands today as a magnificent monument, not only of modern engineering, but of achieved harmony of our common interests.” Newspapers described the bridge as “beautiful as a gossamer web and seemingly as frail” and noted that the bridge did not show any sign of strain as the weight of tens of thousands of people passed over it.

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