As a follow-up to our table for First Friday, we wanted to share this great photo with you of the bridge fire in 1915! The original bridge over the Schuylkill (present day route 29) from Phoenixville to Mont Clare was a covered wooden bridge and was referred to as the Inter-County Bridge. On May 9, 1915 at about 3am, the fire was discovered, and it quickly engulfed the structure, injuring two firefighters attempting to extinguish the flames. The newspaper reported that the cause would likely remain unknown, but speculated that a spark may have caught on the structure which was built in 1844 for the cost of $10,000. There had been talk of replacing the structure in the two years prior to the fire, but no plans had been finalized at the time of the fire. A temporary bridge was put in place by August of that year, and within 3 years, construction was completed on the permanent bridge.
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