This six panel through truss bridge stylistically appears to be the work of Massillon Bridge Company. The name for the bridge comes from a relatively new plaque on the bridge commemorating William Precht who died at this bridge in a tractor accident. The bridge is located within a state park and although the bridge is not restored and on an undeveloped trail, it remains open for pedestrian and horse traffic.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge, which is closed to traffic, provides access to the rural Showman-Edward Cemetery in Mary Jane Thurston State Park. It is open to pedestrians.
The 1 span, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eyebar or rod tension members. The upper chords are toe-out channels with cover plates and lacing. The verticals are toe-out-channels with lacing. The bridge has lattice portals, and upper lateral bracing of angles with lacing. Rolled floorbeams are supported from the lower-chord pins by U-shaped hangers. The bridge has rolled stringers and wood deck. There are lattice railings. The abutments are ashlar.
Some loss of original fabric from metal-related deterioration.
Summary of Significance
The ca. 1906 pin-connected Pratt thru-truss bridge is a later example of its type/design with no distinguishing features or details. It is attributed to the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, based on
its similarity to 24xxxx1, a documented example from 1906. In comparison to the population, the bridge is not distinguished by its history or technology.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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