The George Washington Bridge was built in Pottstown, PA.
Yep, you heard that right. As unlikely as it might sound, New York City's iconic George Washington Bridge, which stretches over the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, got its start right here in Pottstown at a production facility owned by McClintic-Marshall Steel. The facility was located on Keim Street and began production of the steel used to make the bridge in 1927. The bridge was completed and opened to the public in 1931.
This story was the inspiration behind Bob Hakun's signal box mural. A beautiful and highly detailed depiction of the bridge with the steel production facility in the foreground represents the wide reach of Pottstown's historic metal industry. So, whenever you feel like Pottstown is "just another small town", take a walk by Bob's mural on the corner of Hanover and Industrial Street, and remember that even small towns can have a big impact.
The mural is the fifth in a series signal box murals completed this year in downtown Pottstown, a project that was 100% funded by a private donation. Keep your eye out for more signal box murals in the coming months.