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Saxonburg Museum and Roebling Workshop

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Saxonburg Museum and Roebling Workshop

Location Details

PHONE: 724-352-1106
ADDRESS: N Rebecca/Water
Saxonburg, PA 16056
HOURS: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Sat and Sun: 2pm-5pm

Description

John Augustus Roebling, a German immigrant, was a busy man.

In 1832 he bought 1,600 acres of land in Butler County, then founded and designed the village of Saxonburg. But that’s not all – he invented and patented steel wire rope and designed numerous suspension bridges, including one spanning the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, another over the Ohio River at Cincinnati (now called the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge), and the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

In the park in Saxonburg named for Roebling, visitors can tour the workshop he used and see a scale replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. Adjacent to the bridge is the Saxonburg Museum, a 6,000-square-foot exhibition space. Built in 1991, the Museum honors Roebling and his place in Saxonburg and world history, in addition to offering displays of artifacts and memorabilia interpreting the heritage of the Saxonburg community.

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