This two span pony truss bridge is unusual for two main reasons. First, it is an example of a multi span pony truss, which is uncommon. Typically, pony truss bridges were used for short crossings, and a longer crossing would be spanned by one or more through trusses, since through truss bridges could achieve longer spans and this would reduce the number of spans needed. It is not always immediately clear why a bridge might deviate from this practice and use multiple pony truss spans, however issues such as cost, soil conditions, and river conditions could all affect the decision making process. This bridge however is quite unusual since not only is it a multi-span pony truss, each span is quite short at only 53 feet. This crossing could have been accomplished with a single short 106 foot through truss span. Regardless of the reason, this bridge is another example of how diverse and infinitely fascinating historic bridges can be.
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