This attractive, small through truss bridge is by Shaw's Landing French Creek access area. This bridge is significant as a good example of a bridge built by the prolific King Bridge Company. It has intact plaques and pipe railing. The knee braces on the portal bracing have pretty little star and tear symbols on them, which give the bridge character. The remainder of the portal bracing is a lattice design. The verticals and sway bracing have v-lacing.
This bridge is similar to the larger Horton Road Bridge in Ohio. Pennsylvania once had other King Bridge Company bridges similar to this bridge but they have been demolished. Although Pennsylvania in general fails to preserve and instead demolishes historic metal truss bridge indiscriminately, King Bridge Company bridges seem to have been hit particularly hard in Pennsylvania with numerous examples having been demolished since HistoricBridges.org documented them.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1897, pin connected, single span, 80'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments with concrete wingwalls. The five panel trusses are traditionally composed. The bridge was built by the King Bridge Company, one of the largest and most diversified bridge fabricators of the late 19th century. Crawford County is rich in pin connected, metal truss bridges. A total of 35 ranging in date from 1870 through the early 20th century remain in the county population. This bridge stands out as a complete example of metal truss bridge built by a prominent manufacturer. It is historically and technologically significant. The bridge appears to be complete.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 1 lane of a road over a stream in a wooded setting with small, one story, summer vacation homes, most dating from after WW II. The setting does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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