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Cummington Ball Bridge

   


Cummington Ball Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: January 26, 2015
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Local Drain
Location
Cummington: Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Structure Type
Metal 2 Panel Kingpost Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1891 By Builder/Contractor: Charles H. Ball of East Windsor, Massachusetts

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of the only surviving examples of an unusual bridge design that a local builder, Charles H. Ball of East Windsor, Massachusetts, came up with. The unique feature of his design was the use of bent gas pipe as the top chord of his trusses.

 Thanks to Chester Gehman for asssistance with the history of the bridge. The bridge was built in the Swift River section of town and later moved to Stage Road in 1924. By 1983 it was abandoned, and later put into storage for a short time before being erected here in its current location.

Another bridge of this design was documented by Historic American Engineering Record and can be viewed here.

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