Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1887, the bridge survived the 1889 Flood but caused greater devastation as flood waters and debris, unable to pass through the arches, caught fire. For three hours every evening the bridge is lighted with colorful LED lights that are programmed to reflect holidays, special events and the time of year, beginning with a 30-minute lightshow.
Alma Hall was one of four buildings that survived the Johnstown Flood in 1889, being shielded by the First Methodist Episcopal Church (now Franklin Street United Methodist Church). While the first floor was under water and debris, the remaining floors were quickly occupied by 264 survivors. The building was used as a headquarters for relief distribution following the flood. As it has since its opening, Alma Lodge #523, I.O.O.F. serves as the owner and primary tenant of the building. The building also houses two businesses on the ground floor.