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Market Street Bridge

West Market Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

The monumental Market Street Bridge connects center city Wilkes-Barre to Kingston, spanning the Susquehanna River.

Opened in 1928, this bridge has withstood several floods, and remains today both an impressive structure and vital link for those who cross it.

The most prominent feature of the Market Street Bridge has to be its towers, topped by finely detailed eagles. Inscribed on each tower are short dedications to the values of the region. They read:

to the CULTURE, begot by splendid schools and teachers, we owe rise in higher realm of mind and spirit.

in the INDUSTRY builded by human hand and brain, on our mineral resources, we owe growth, influence and welfare.

to the SERVICE of our heroes sacrificial on land and sea in every war, glorious and forever, unforgot we pay homage.

to the FORTITUDE of early settlers facing hardship, fearless and unflinching, we owe the origins of what we are.

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Worth a stop to those touring downtown Wilkes-Barre, the bridge is marvel of architecture. Large sidewalks on either side allow pedestrians to cross safely between the downtown area, and the levee trails and Kirby Park on the Kingston side of the river. Once the River Commons project is completed around the bridge, it will once again be the centerpiece of the riverfront.