This early and nicely ornamented Pratt truss is one of the finest examples of this once-common type in the area. It features portal bracing ornamentation that the Massillon Bridge Company used on a few bridges in Indiana, but is not typically found on products of the Massillon Bridge Company in other states. The historic integrity of this bridge is excellent.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
One of the oldest Pratts extant in Indiana and the oldest example of this prolific Ohio firm, the spans retain their integrity including decorated portals and bracing.
The Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, fabricated this two-span, pin-connected Pratt through structure of 244' upon cut stone abutments, wingwalls, and pier. Intermediate verticals of two sizes of reinforced I beams subdivide each 122' span into most of its eight panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the three most central panels. Special adjustable eyebars run through the intermediate verticals parallel to and about midway between the chords. U-bolted to the lower pins, heavy and rectangular girder floor-beams carry the timber deck with its 17'7" roadway and 20'5" of vertical clearance.
Bridge nameplate. Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Miami County (Indianapolis, 1973, 1977, 1981).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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