One of the wonders in NEPA is the mighty Tunkhannock Viaduct. Designed by Abraham Burton Cohen, it was the largest concrete structure in the world when it was built in 1915 (figure 1).

Figure 1. Tunkhannock Viaduct under construction. Popular Mechanics Magazine, January 1912. Photo: public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

The structure is in fact massively impressive, especially when viewed with wee houses below (figures 2, 3).

Figure 2. Tunkhannock Viaduct, 27 December 2020. View from south. Nicholson, PA. Photo: author.
Figure 3. Tunkhannock Viaduct, 27 December 2020. View from north. Nicholson, PA. Photo: author.

Carol Highsmith, who donated her entire oeuvre to the Library of Congress, took a fine image of the bridge which shows it off to its best advantage (figure 4).

Figure 4. Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. The Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct, a concrete deck arch bridge on the Norfolk Southern Railway that spans Tunkhannock Creek in Nicholson, Pennsylvania Measuring 2,375 feet long and towering 240 feet above the creek bed, it was the largest concrete structure in the world when completed in 1915. Built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the bridge is owned today in 2019 by Norfolk Southern Railway and is used daily for regular through freight service. Pennsylvania, United States. Nicholson. Nicholson, 2008. -05-28. Photograph. From the Highsmith collection in the Library of Congress.

It’s such a fine bridge that one cannot get enough of it, and indeed one of the great regrets about dying is that one must be separated from it. BUT WAIT! What’s this? You mean you can take the viaduct with you (figure 5)?

Figure 5. Unused monument for sale featuring the Tunkhannock Viaduct. Along U.S. HWY. 6. Photo: C. Clark.

Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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