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Interpretive signage for this bridge did not specify any information on where this bridge came, which was frustrating. It also gave a ca. 1920 construction date for this bridge which may be incorrect. Such a date would be extremely late to the point of almost unheard of for a pin-connected pony truss bridge. Small truss bridges were almost always built with riveted connections by this time. Additionally, at the bearings of this bridge it appears that the channels were cut using a series of drilled holes which means that the builder did not have access to a cutting torch or other more efficient method of cutting metal in the shop. This is usually associated with earlier truss bridges. By 1920, more efficient methods of cutting metal in the shop were available. It is possible the bridge was moved to its previous location in 1920.
This bridge is one of two Queenpost truss bridges in the park. Outside of the park, Queenpost truss bridges are rare. The bridge is traditionally composed. The pins have recessed nuts on them, and one of the nuts is installed on the bridge backwards. It is not known if this is an original detail or if it occured when the bridge was moved.
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