Near Fallston, on the border between Baltimore County and Harford County, Maryland. A few miles north of Interstate 95, about 15 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Rural, in woods inside Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Joppatowne/Mountain Road exit from I-95. No parking available, and there is no opportunity to pull over on a shoulder near the bridge. The road is very narrow, and has some traffic, so walking about a half mile from the nearest pull off to get to the bridge would be dangerous.
Little Gunpowder Falls
One-lane bridge, wood deck, carries traffic on Vinegar Hill Road, a narrow, winding two-lane road through the State Park.
No date plaque on bridge. There is some subtle decoration in the upper corners of the truss, with a trefoil pattern centered inside a circle on the outside, and then additional circles of decreasing size across the panel towards the center of the roadway.
None known. The bridge is located within a State Park, and substantial development which would increase traffic needs beyond the bridge's capability is unlikely.
The Maryland Historic Bridge Inventory indicates that this bridge was built 1884 (not 1894 as shown in the National Bridge Inventory) and by the Penn Bridge Company and cites Proceedings of County Commissioners as the source. So it seems to be documented. But this is unlike anything built by Penn Bridge. Did Penn Bridge perhaps erect a bridge fabricated by others? The unusual ornamental portal bracing knees and equally unusual pipe struts are similar to the Carroll Road Bridge and so one wonders if the same Gilbert who built that bridge (and later reorganized as Gilbert and Smith of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) was somehow in involved with this one as well.
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