HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:

Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

Shaw Bridge

Shaw Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 15, 2011

View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Van Wyck Lane Over Claverack Creek
Rural: Columbia County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1870 By Builder/Contractor: J. D. Hutchinson of Troy, New York and Engineer/Design: Squire Whipple

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
80 Feet (24.38 Meters)
Structure Length
164 Feet (49.99 Meters)
Roadway Width
10.5 Feet (3.2 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Data Pages, PDF

View the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Historic Bridge

About This Bridge

Playing an important role in bringing the use of metal into popular United States bridge construction, bowstring truss bridges based off of the patented design of Squire Whipple (often called Whipple Arch bridges) are generally among the oldest metal bridges in the country, and even this relatively late 1870 example is no exception to that. The bridge is also the only remaining multi-span Whipple Arch. The bridge has been closed to all traffic but retains excellent historic integrity.

Help Save This Historic Bridge!

In April 2012, a petition was started by the Claverack Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, directed to the Preservation League of NYS & NYS Council on the Arts (Preserve New York, Grant Program) to have a $10,000 engineering analysis conducted to develop a scope of work for the preservation of this abandoned historic bridge. Please sign the petition to help the active effort to save this nationally significant historic bridge.


Photos and Videos: Shaw Bridge

Available Photo Galleries and Videos

Click on a thumbnail or gallery name below to visit that particular photo gallery. If videos are available, click on a video name to view and/or download that particular video.

View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Original / Full Size Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents the photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution.
View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Gallery
A collection of overview and detail photos. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem (dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
Browse Gallery With Popup Viewer

View Maps
and Links

Home Top


About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2018, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.