This bridge is one of two similar Kingpost truss bridges found in the Springdale Cemetery. Kingpost truss bridges are extremely rare. Additionally, the bridge has very bizarre design details, regardless of the type of truss configuration it has. The endposts appear to be a single rolled beam that is bent in the middle to form the top of the truss. The vertical members are essentially very long u-bolts, with the nuts found at the top, and the "u" portion wrapped around the deck stringers. Additional u-bolt hangers are present to hold the floor beam in place. A rod functions as an outrigger at the vertical member. Under the bridge there is an unusual longitudinal rod with turnbuckle that runs under the bridge and under the floor beam, acting like a post-tension rod. The deck is concrete. All parts of the bridge appear to be at least somewhat old, but it is not known if all of these details are original. The bridge is so unlike other bridges encountered it is hard to tell what might not be original. The only thing that is for sure not original are the pipe railings, although the cast iron ornamental posts at the ends of the bridge appear to be an original detail. Some of these have gone missing or have been damaged on this bridge. The floor beam is a rolled i-beam. The bridge sits on stone abutments.
Both bridges are listed as contributing structures to the National Register of Historic Places Springdale Cemetery Historic District. However, the nomination form does not detail the history of the bridges.
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