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Cunningham Bridge
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Cunningham Bridge in 1982
Coordinates 39°45′27″N 77°17′6″W / 39.75750°N 77.28500°W / 39.75750; -77.28500
Carries Cunningham Road
Crosses Marsh Creek
Locale Greenmount, Adams County, PA
Maintained by PennDOT
Design mainspan is the "first example" of a Baltimore truss
Total length 256 feet (78 m)
Width 13 feet, 8 inches
Load limit 3 tons
Clearance above 11 feet, 7 inches
Closed 1990
Bridge in Cumberland Township
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Area 0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
Built 1894
Architect Nelson & Buchanon
NRHP reference No. 88000866
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The Cunningham Bridge is an historic place on the national register in Adams County, Pennsylvania, near Greenmount, Pennsylvania, United States. The three-section iron bridge spans west-to-east from Franklin Township to Cumberland Township and is the oldest example of a Baltimore truss. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "Bridge in Cumberland Township" in 1988 despite being in Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.


  • 1894 — The Pittsburgh Bridge Company (Nelson & Buchanon Engrs. & Contrs, agents) built the bridge 0.5 mile west of the Greenmount.
  • 1986 — A $138,512 upgrade began for the bridge.
  • 1990 — The bridge was closed indefinitely.
  • 1996 — After having been struck by a motorist in the Spring, the Cunningham Bridge survived a 500 year flood on June 19 that washed away the wooden Sachs Covered Bridge (upstream) and the iron 1886 Rothhaupt Bridge (downstream).
  • 1997 — A 1997 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) study recommended replacing the entire bridge, and the Adams County Citizens Alliance held a meeting on April 8 regarding the bridge.
  • 2000 — PennDOT planned to demolish the Cunningham Bridge.
  • 2002 — A resolution by the county commissioners was for "every effort should be made to keep the bridge at its current location [and] preserve as much historic detail as possible."
  • 2011 — The bridge was slated for demolition in 2011.
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