This watercolor painting of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge, located in Columbia, Pennsylvania was built in 1929-1930 by Blaw-Knox, Pittsburgh, PA. It was designed by James B. Long and dedicated on Armistice Day (Veteran's Day) in 1930. In this area of the Susquehanna River, this bridge is the fifth bridge built. The first bridge, built in 1814, was destroyed by ice; the second bridge, built in 1834, was intentionally burned down in 1863 during the Civil War to prevented the occupation of Lancaster County by the Confederate Army; the third bridge, built in 1869, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1896; the fourth, a railroad and car bridge, built in 1897, was dismantled in 1963. When the Veteran's Memorial Bridge was opened in 1930, it was the longest reinforced concrete bridge in the world - 7,374 feet long. Of the 28 spans, the artist captured 25 of them. Note the intricate underlying structures of the bridge and the raised surface structures. To the right of the bridge are previous bridge structures from the fourth bridge. The newest bridge, the Wright's Ferry Bridge (Route 30 bridge) opened in 1972. When Lancaster County Commissioner, James E. Huber, unveiled the painting in, there was an older gentleman at the artist's first gallery in Lancaster who seemed to know a whole lot of information about the bridge. When asked how he knew so much, he informed the artist that he was one of the three builders. He also said it was true that laborers fell into the concrete pillars while they were being poured and a few men fell off the bridge during its construction. The bridge was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1984 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also part of the Lincoln Highway. The bridge is right down the street from where the artist lives. In the 1995 fall issue of the Susquehanna Life magazine, this print is featured in the article, Columbia - A City of Contrasts. In October, this bridge is closed for one day for what is known as the "Bridge Bust." More than 300 antiques, arts, crafts, and food vendors set up stands on the bridge and sell their goods. This unique event connects Columbia and Wrightsville or in other words, joins Lancaster and York Counties. In Columbia, there is just so much excitement and spirit on this day! This print is available as a limited edition and open edition.
ORIGINAL FOR SALE - $16,000.00 - Watercolor On Paper
Size - 13-3/8"x 17-7/8" - Signed and Dated 1988
950 Signed & # Prints (S/N) 95 Artist Proof Prints (A/P)
Print Size 12-3/4" x 16-3/4" Print Size 10-1/2" X 13-3/4"
#1 Print - $300.00 SOLD #1 A/P - $350.00
#2 Print - $200.00 SOLD #2 A/P - $250.00
#3 Print - $150.00 SOLD #3 A/P - $200.00
#4 S/N - #950 - $60.00 each #4 A/P - #95 - $90.00 each
$175.00 to have the artist remarque your print.
Open Edition Prints
10-1/2" x 14" $40.00 each
7-3/4" x 10-1/4" $20.00 each
4" x 5-1/2" $10.00 each
Matting and framing available upon your request.