1913: The Inauguration of a Record-Breaking Bridge in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Region — Transportation History

November 17, 1913 The Eighth Street Bridge in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was formally opened to traffic. At the time of its debut, this 17-arch structure — measuring 2,650 feet (810 meters) in length and 138 feet (42 meters) in height — was the world’s longest and highest concrete bridge. This bridge came into existence because the Lehigh […]

1913: The Inauguration of a Record-Breaking Bridge in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Region — Transportation History

Chet went to Lehigh University, graduating in 1912. The bridge was probably under construction in part while he was there.

1935: A New Flight Record is Set in the Skies Above South Dakota — Transportation History

November 11, 1935 U.S. Army Air Corps Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson, traveling in the high-altitude helium balloon Explorer II, established a record altitude of 72,395 feet (22,066 meters) for manned balloons. This airborne journey took place in the skies above South Dakota. “Successful Flight into Stratosphere,” read the headline for an […]

1935: A New Flight Record is Set in the Skies Above South Dakota — Transportation History