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Old 12-23-2016, 04:34 AM
 
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I think I am stumped, as these Mill Creek's seem very small for a large bridge.

The most comprehensive source of 3 million documents is the Lehigh County Historical Society, but they charge $55 an hour to research questions. You can go there yourself to downtown Allentown.


LCHS Archives & Library
http://www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseu...est%20Form.pdf
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Old 12-25-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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I think I am stumped, as these Mill Creek's seem very small for a large bridge.

The most comprehensive source of 3 million documents is the Lehigh County Historical Society, but they charge $55 an hour to research questions. You can go there yourself to downtown Allentown.


LCHS Archives & Library
http://www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseu...est%20Form.pdf

I agree on the creek size, and the fact it was named "creek"long ago tells me it was never a big river that in recent decades dwindled down to something you could jump a bicycle over, it seemed to always be something small you could jump a bicycle over so to speak.

That's the other issue, those historical and museum entities all charge pretty high fees for research, forget that the staff is already on the payroll being paid anyway whether they mop floors or actually research, you'd think as the entities they are they would be more like public libraries.
$55 an hour is almost 3 times what I earn an hour on my job and I'm not going to pay that just to get some information that Google should have brought in minutes for free. I'm in Iowa, there's no way I'm going to ever get to Pa to look up stuff in person.
Their form says most research requires 2 hours minimum, plus $12 postage and handling, so basically it's over $100 to get any information out of them at all.

Waiting to hear back from Steve the engineer- after the holidays, if he doesn't have any information then it's time to move on, maybe some day someone will scan some book or document and Google will pick it up and I'll find something, books, articles, periodicals, papers, newspapers and documents are being scanned and uploaded by the millions every day.
Thanks a lot for your efforts, let's see what Steve says.
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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I didn't realize they charged that much. Seems crazy to me.

I was surprised that some of the rivers in New Jersey are no larger than a stream or creek for much of their length. They used to be wider and deeper, navigable, a long time ago.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:28 AM
 
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I have not heard back from the county bridge guy, I just now sent another email to the main county guy who had put me in contact with him last month, along with a photo. If I don't hear back I guess it's time file this away as an unsolved mystery and move on.
The plaque now hangs on the bedroom wall.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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Here is what I rec'd today:

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My apologies for any misunderstanding. However, I am not familiar with any bridges, either existing or razed, that fit the criteria you have outlined in your email, and the County bridge files are not as extensive as you might think. There is a bridge over a tributary to Little Trout Creek on Old Mill Road near the Oswald Grist Mill in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, however, it is not a County Bridge and was constructed in 1914. "Peter or Peters" was and is a common name in that part of Lehigh County (where I grew up - relatives with the name of "Peters", on my mother's side of the family, resided in the Village of Emerald, PA - they have since passed away). Unfortunately, this is probably not what you were looking for. As time permits, I will keep searching for information that might be useful in solving the riddle. I will forward any information I find to you. Thank-you for your patience and understanding. Hopefully, I will be in touch with more appropriate information in the future.

I sent this inquiry and request to the Weisenberg/Lowhill Township Historicl Society on 12/20/16. To date I have not received a reply.

Bridge Engineer
County of Lehigh
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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I didn't realize they charged that much. Seems crazy to me.

I was surprised that some of the rivers in New Jersey are no larger than a stream or creek for much of their length. They used to be wider and deeper, navigable, a long time ago.
Yes, $55/hour is pretty steep for what is supposed to be public information but that's how it goes.
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