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Abner Robert Braun
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This bridge carried both the Byberry and Bensalem turnpike road and the Lincoln Highway over the Poquessing. Built in 1805, it is the oldest of our stone arch bridges. We believe this bridge is owned jointly by Bucks County and Philadelphia. The History of Byberry and Moreland states that "The Byberry and Bensalem turnpike road was formerly known as the King's highway, and was the main road leading from Philadelphia to Growden's mansion" and "The Byberry and Bensalem turnpike was chartered in March, 1848, and was open for travel in 1852. It is 5 1/4 miles long and costs $11,442." In 1929, an article in the Delaware Valley Advance by Samuel C. Eastburn states a "turnpike road was built from Oakford through Byberry and Bensalem to Philadelphia" and explains "these roads were built by local people to get to market and to the county town. They charged tolls and it is interesting to note that they passed free people who were going to invite to funerals, or attending them, going to church or meeting." Later, it became part of the Lincoln Highway, the first cross-country highway in the United States, stretching from New York to San Francisco. The bridge is described in the book The Lincoln Highway: Pennsylvania Traveler's Guide by Brian Butko. Today, this section of the highway lies abandoned, and the bridge, which now leads into Benjamin Rush State Park, is closed. Courtesy The Poquessing Pathfinder Online.
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