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Construction has been completed on the new Arch Street Bridge in north central Pennsylvania, USA. I have been photographing the old bridge and construction of its replacement span for several years. My purpose has been to save a permanent photographic record of the old bridge, as well as the new “improved” structure.

There is no question, the new bridge is certainly safer and easier to negotiate. However, all of the stately charm and historical significance of the bridge has been lost forever. I guess that’s the cost of “progress”.

The Original Arch Street Bridge Is No More… Except in Photos and Memories

The Arch Street Bridge connects the city of Williamsport to the borough of Duboistown, on the southern shore of Susquehanna River’s west branch. The old steel truss bridge was officially listed in Historic Bridges of the United States (NIB #412064001000000). The original bridge was the first and only span over the river into Duboistown. It was built in 1923 and was demolished earlier this year, after 90 years of service to our local communities.

This photo was captured from the shore of Susquehanna State Park on the evening of May 23rd of 2013. It was shot with a Canon 5D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the 35mm focal length. The aperture was f/13 with a 1/80th second shutter speed at ISO 100, in RAW format. The image is presented “as-is”, with no alterations, enhancements or cropping.

© 2013 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very kindly, Ray!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so much, Pop’s! I deeply appreciate having this photo Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it”!

    Very gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Congratulations on your feature nicely done and presented

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  • Much appreciated, Bonita! Thanks!

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • theaussie
    theaussieover 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot like the angle

  • Thank you very much!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Redrose10
    Redrose10over 1 year ago

    What a beautiful composition. Love the angle :))

  • Thank you very kindly!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

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