This nine panel truss bridge closely follows one of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company's earliest Pratt truss designs, which as the plaque on the bridge mentions, was patented in 1876. The bridge itself was actually built in 1880. The bridge retains a large lattice railing with decorative motifs... a design the Wrought Iron Bridge Company used, but of which very few known examples remain.
The bridge is 130 feet long. Bridges this long are often taller than a "normal" single span pin-connected Pratt truss bridge and feature two main sway bracing beams instead of one. The taller trusses allow the bridge to handle the greater span distances. Sometimes the Pratt configuration is substituted with the Whipple configuration in addition to the truss height increase. However, the Hotel Bridge is not taller and is not a Whipple despite its longer length. Anyone who has visited a large number of pin-connected truss bridges may notice that the Hotel Bridge looks odd with its long length and standard height trusses.
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