A 117-foot bridge that will take the Greater Hazleton rail-trail over an active Norfolk Southern railroad line will be held by supports built more than 120 years ago by the Coxe coal barons.
The bridge will be delivered to the site on May 23.
Tom Ogorzalek, a trail volunteer and local history buff, said the abutments were built by the Coxe family when they owned and operated a railroad near the turn of the last century.
“They were built in 1890 by the Delaware, Schuylkill and Susquehanna (DS&S) Railroad, which was run by the Coxe family to haul their coal,” Ogorzalek said. “Other railroads also hauled their coal. They made a deal with Lehigh Valley Railroad to haul all of their coal. Lehigh Valley acquired DS&S, and almost immediately abandoned that track sometime between 1900 and 1905.”