MG 481 - Burr, Theodore Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains biographical research on Theodore Burr and information on the "Camel Back Bridge" across the Susquehanna, which was built by him, 1813-1817. It provides, also, information on covered bridges across the country with copies of five issues of "Portals," a publication of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, 1963-66.

Background

Theodore Burr, b. 1771, d. 1822, was one of the foremost bridge architects of his day. He was born in Connecticut, but moved his family to Northumberland and later to Harrisburg (1812-18) where he was in charge of the construction of four bridges across the Susquehanna. He patented the arch and truss which he used in his structures in 1817. He died in Middletown, Pennsylvania in 1822 while superintending the construction of a bridge, he was 51 years of age.

Date(s): Undated, 1963-1966

Extent: 3 folders, 27 enclosures