Hidden Collections

Broad Street Bridge Company


Archival Description

Title: Broad Street Bridge Company, Bethlehem
Dates: 1865- 1905
Quantity: 3 boxes, 2 loose vols.
Identification: BSBC
Language of Material: English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid

Scope/Contents

The collection is composed of minute books, correspondence, contracts, deeds, financial bookkeeping, and proposals for the construction of the bridge.


Biography/History

The Broad Street Bridge Company was incorporated May 1, 1869. The Broad Street Bridge was made of iron and connected the west side of Main Street with West Bethlehem, crossing above Monocacy Creek. The length of the bridge is 460 feet; it was divided into three spans, one of a hundred feet and two of eighty feet each. The bridge was open for travel May 17, 1871. It was purchased by the Lehigh and Northampton counties in 1887, and the collection of tolls ceased on May 14 that year. In December 1909, a new modern reinforced concrete bridge was officially opened to vehicles.


Restrictions

unrestricted


Custodial History

The records came to the Moravian Archives at an unknown date. They were processed by Alli Kowalski (CLIR project) in August of 2011.


Records

Broad Street Bridge Company, Bethlehem
1. Minutes
2. Minute book of meetings of the directors
Date: 1869 - 1905
Physical Description: binding fragile
2. Correspondence
15. Business Correspondence
Date: 1869 - 1905
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content:
15.1 Letter from Lehigh and Lackawanna Rail Road Company, Bethlehem (June 12, 1869)
15.2 Letter from A. [Prych], Easton (Nov. 8, 1869)
15.3 Letter from Charles Beckel, Bethlehem (May 28, 1869)
15.4 Letter from W. Reichel, Bethlehem (Sept. 30, 1869)
15.5 Letter from A. B. Burton & Co., Philadelphia (May 25, 1869)
15.6 Letter from R. E. Wright and Son, Allentown (Dec. 14, 1869)
15.7 Letter from S. R. Dickson, New York (June 3, 1869)
15.8 Letter from S. R. Dickson, New York (May 27, 1869)
15.9 Letter from S. Butz and [L. C. Lanethorp?], Trenton (May 24, 1869)
15.10 Letter from J. A. [Bishop], Bethlehem (Jan. 20, 1871)
15.11 Letter from Edward J. Fox, Easton (April 16, 1873); includes a resolution
15.12 Letter from James C. [Cafie?], Easton (Jan. 20, 1879)
15.13 Letter from [?], Bethlehem (March 18, 1880)
15.14 Letter from Thomas Robinson, Buffalo (July 22, 1880)
15.15 Letter from Thomas Robinson, Buffalo (Aug. 26, 1880)
15.16 Letter from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, South Easton (Nov. 12, 1885)
15.17 Letter from Joseph M. Leibert, Bethelehem (Dec. 6, 188?)
15.18 Letter from The MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan Company, Philadelphia (April 23, 1887)
15.19 Letter from The Press Company, Philadelphia (April 23, 1887)
15.20 Letter from Joseph M. Leibert, Bethlehem (April 25, 1887)
15.21 Letter from Richard Sharpe, Wilkes Barre (April 26, 1887)
15.22 Letter from Jacob S. Stewart, Phillipsburg (April 20, 1887)
15.23 Letter from M. C. [Fetter?], (Nov. 17, 1888)
15.24 Letter from M. C. [Fetter?], (Dec. 4, 1888)
15.25 Letter from Henry J. [Sackenbach?], Lehigh County (Dec. 1888); reference to M. Fetter
15.26 Letter from Traders and Travelers Accident Company, Los Angeles (Feb. 18, 1889); reference to the Fetter estate
15.27 Letter from Traders and Travelers Accident Company, Los Angeles (March 13, 1889); reference to Fetter estate
15.28 Letter from Jacob Stewart, Phillipsburg (Aug. 16, 1890)
15.29 Letter from Jacob Stewart, Phillipsburg (Aug. 20, 1890)
15.30 Letter from J. D. Hoffman, Bethlehem (July 19, 1890); includes a drawing of the block at Allentown Rd, Third Ave, and Market Street
15.31 Letter from Jacob Stewart, Phillipsburgh (Aug. 13, 1890)
15.32 Letter from Simon Rau, Bethlehem (Sept. 16, 1904)
15.33 Letter from Harry C. Cope, Bethlehem (March 21, 1905)
15.34 Letter from Charles Beckel
15.35 Draft of letter
15.36 Undated note
15.37 Letter from Henry Patterson, Philadelphia (April 13, 1880)
15.38 Letter from Thomas Robinson, Buffalo (Sept. 7, 1880)
15.39 Letter from Thomas Robinson, Buffalo (April 27, 1880)
15.40 Letter from Thomas Robinson, Buffalo (May 18, 1880)
15.41 Series of letter copies from J. Leibert (5)
3. Contracts
3. Contracts
Date: 1869 - 1890
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: 1 document with n.d.
4. Deeds
1. Deeds
Date: 1869 - 1892
Physical Description: 1 folder
5. Financial Bookkeeping
5. Financial Records
6. First National Bank of Bethlehem in account with Broad Street Bridge Co
Date: 1878 - 1887
Physical Description: Loose binding
7. Journal of the Broad Street Bridge
Date: 1878 - 1887
Physical Description: binding fragile
8. Ledger
Date: 1865 - 1902
Physical Description: loose papers
9. Accounts of the Broad Street Bridge Company
Date: 1869 - 1888
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: 10 with n.d.
10. Documents pertaining to shareholders
Date: 1874 - 1904
Physical Description: 53 items
Scope/Content: Transfer of stock, voting results, and voting proxies
11. Stockholder certificates
Date: 1871 - 1886
Physical Description: 1 folder
12. Lists of stockholders
Date: 1884 - 1886
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: 4 with n.d.
13. Incorporation documents
Date: 1869
Physical Description: 2 items, 1 moved to oversize folder
14. Stock Account
Date: 1865 - 1902
Physical Description: 1 item
16. Checks
Date: 1868 - 1892
Physical Description: 1 folder
17. Bills and receipts
Date: 1869 - 1871
Physical Description: 1 folder
18. Bills and receipts
Date: 1872 - 1879
Physical Description: 1 folder
19. Bills and receipts
Date: 1880 - 1881
Physical Description: 1 folder
20. Bills and receipts
Date: 1882 - 1885
Physical Description: 1 folder
21. Bills and receipts
Date: 1886 - 1892
Physical Description: 117 items
22. Blank voting proxies, deed, and stock certificate
Date: without date
Physical Description: 24 items
6. Plans
4. Proposals and estimates for the construction of the bridge
Date: 1869 - 1887
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: includes sketches of site plan
Note: 2 documents with n.d.
5. System of grades for lots laid out by Broad Street Bridge Company
Date: 1871
Physical Description: 1 volume
7. Legal Documents
23. Court Document
Date: 1873
Scope/Content: Summons