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Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Bridge/State Street Bridge

  • State St. Harrisburg, PA

Construction on the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Bridge (State Street Bridge) in Harrisburg began in 1925 and was completed in 1930. Intended as the primary entrance to downtown Harrisburg and the Capitol Complex, the bridge was part of a plan to expand the Capitol Complex developed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1916. When America entered World War I, plans form the project were put on hold. Following the war, the General Assembly authorized the bridge’s construction as a memorial to the United States Armed Forces. The concrete deck arch bridge is flanked by 145 foot high pylons at the west end, each topped by eagles representing the Army and the Navy. Each of the pylon’s four faces are marked with the year of one of the 8 wars the nation had participated in up until its construction. Each of the bridge’s keystones are carved with a weapon developed and used during World War I. Original plans for the bridge included a museum built under the western end of the bridge that would house Pennsylvania flags used during wartime and a list of Pennsylvanians who had fought in the first World War.