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The Kinzua bridge shortly after its construction.


Kinzua Bridge State Park is a Pennsylvania state park near Mount Jewettmarker, in Hamlinmarker and Keatingmarker Townships, McKean Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in the United States. The park lies between U.S. Route 6 and Pennsylvania Route 59, along State Route 3011 just east of the Allegheny National Forestmarker.

Kinzua Bridge State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".

Kinzua Bridge

The park is noted as the home of the Kinzua Bridgemarker spanning Kinzua Creek, original bridge built in 1882, subsequent bridge built in 1900 and destroyed in 2003 by a tornado. At the time it was built, the original (c. 1882) Kinzua Bridge was the highest, at , and longest, at , railway bridge in the world, given the distinction of being listed as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (the listing was in 1977). The Erie Railroad company originally owned and operated the bridge.

The Kinzua Bridge, in 2001, prior to its collapse.
William Scranton, then governor of Pennsylvania, signed legislation creating Kinzua Bridge State Park in 1963, although the park did not officially open until 1970. In 1987, excursion trains of the Knox and Kane Railroad again began running on the bridge. The trains traveled from Kanemarker with a trip through the Allegheny National Forestmarker and made a stop on the bridge before returning to Kane.

The Knox and Kane Railroad offered excursion rail trips across the bridge until June, 2002, when it was closed for restoration. At approximately 3:20 p.m., July 21, 2003, a tornado from the east touched down at the park. The storm, classified as F-1 on the Fujita scale, tore down 11 of the 20 structure spans and nearby trees were snapped and uprooted. The failure was caused by badly rusted bolts holding the bases of the towers. The investigation reckoned that the whole structure oscillated laterally 4-5 times before fatigue broke the base bolts. The towers fell intact in sections, and they suffered impact damage with the ground. They have been left as they fell, and it is intended to make the ruins a visitor attraction to show the forces of nature at work.

Recreation

Kinzua Creek as seen from the bridge, Spring 2001.
A scenic view overlooks the fallen bridge and Kinzua Creek Valley. The overlook is also a prime location to view the fall foliage during the first two weeks of October. The park also has a shaded picnic area with a centrally located modern restroom.

There are of woods open to hunting at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are Black Bears, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, and Wild Turkey. The hunting of Groundhogs is prohibited.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within of Kinzua Bridge State Park:

References

  1. Note: Despite the title, there are twenty-one parks in the list, with Colton Point and Leonard Harrison State Parks treated as one.
  2. Note: shows Kinzua Bridge State Park

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