The Bridge was
built during 1893, opening on November 14, 1893. It was a
toll bridge from its opening until December 6, 1913 when it was
taken over by Allegheny County. A detailed early history
of the bridge is available in R. T. Wiley's book "Elizabeth and
Her Neighbors" pages 189 to 197. The bridge remained in
service into 1951 when it was replaced by the four lane
bridge that is part of Rt. 51.
bridge's twenty years as a Toll Bridge their were a total of
twelve different tokens that were used which are described in
the information below, click on the image to show full size. The
photos below show several of these tokens.
The Tug AID was docked
at West Elizabeth for approximately two years,1912 to 1914, and
an assumption is that the tokens with the name of the Tug AID on
the back were used by the employees of this boats company when
crossing the bridge.
Also used were
paper tickets as shown below, when and the exact reasons why the
paper tickets were used is unknown.
If you have additional information or photos
of the tokens used on the bridge please contact me at
jwmohney"at" comcast "dot" net. This is not a clickable
address so please change the quoted words to the appropriate
The Toll Booth, shown below, was located on
the Elizabeth side of the bridge with the first Superintendent / Toll Taker
being Joseph S. Taylor. After tolls stopped being required Taylor
continued working for Allegheny County on the bridge until he passed away in
1928. JW Lynch writes in his journal that he began working part time
on the bridge during 1927 and then full time in 1928. Another name I
found in the June 1978 issue of S&D Reflector who worked on the bridge as a
toll taker was William Hughes.
The date of the photo below and the man shown is unknown
but it might be during the 1920s and the man walking in front of the
now installed railroad gate might be Joseph Taylor.