This was a perfect example of the traditional pin connected Pratt through truss that came to dominate the late 19th century and very early 20th century. It retained a high degree of historic and structural integrity. The only thing missing in 2006 was the builder plaques. These plaques credited the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio with building the bridge in 1904. Darst and Hughes of Chicago were listed as agents for the company. While the bridge may not exhibit any unusual or groundbreaking designs, the bridge was a good example of an increasingly rare structure type that was once common on the roadways of the United States. This bridge today is a rare structure type in general. It was an outstanding representative example of typical bridge building in the first decade of the 20th Century. As such, this bridge should have been preserved, or at least left standing as a non-functional exhibit somewhere. It did not deserve to be demolished and replaced with a two-lane bridge. The replacement two lane bridge likely cost a lot of taxpayer dollars and it has a tiny 150 Average Daily Traffic. The historic one-lane bridge could have been rehabilitated to serve the needs of only 150 cars a day, and likely for far less than the cost of replacement. Also, one cannot overlook the aesthetic value of the historic bridge regardless of the history it had. An otherwise undistinguished rural roadway was turned into a unique experience as one crossed this bridge. No modern bridge today can offer the same experience. This traditionally composed bridge featured six panels. The deck was timber and channel railings were present. There was v-lacing on the verticals, on the sway bracing, and under the top chord and end posts. Loop-forged eye bars were present on the bridge, including the bottom chord.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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