Smithfield Street Bridge
Circa 1915
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Gelatin Silver Print/8" x 10"

The Smithfield Street Bridge circa 1915.

The Smithfield Street Bridge has undergone many changes, some radical, others merely cosmetic. The first Smithfield Bridge crossed the Monongahela River in 1818 and was likely the first bridge across any of the three rivers. In the great fire of 1845, the bridge fell within 10 minutes. The rebuilding began in 1846 by John Augustus Roebling, who went on to design the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Sidewalks were added to the bridge in 1840. Various renovations followed as required. The bridge was originally designed by Gustav Lindenthal and altered at various times. It linked the South Side to downtown Pittsburgh. Henry Koerner, a Pittsburgh artist who did many cover letters for TIME Magazine, is known for his depiction of the Smithfield Street Bridge.

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