This bridge is a traditional example of a bridge built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company, perhaps the most prolific pre-1900 metal truss bridge builder in the country. However, in this state, bridges by this company are less common than in other states likely due to several regionally prolific bridge builders that would have been stiff competition to the Ohio-based company. The bridge dates to before 1888. The bridge rests on an unusual riveted metal bent which was later partially encased in concrete. The abutments are stone. A steel stringer approach span is present, although the stringers are not original. There was originally a half-hip pony truss approach span there. It was replaced in 1939.
This bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic but remains open to pedestrians and is in good condition.
The historic integrity of the truss appears to be good. One of the end diagonal members (southwest corner) was replaced and the old member cut out. The old eye is still visible around the bottom chord connection. Original railings do not remain on the bridge. An unusual detail removed in 1939 was an eyebar that ran from the bent to the hip vertical bottom chord connection. The eyes still remain at the connection.
This bridge provides great views of the nearby historic French King Bridge. Similarly, this bridge can be viewed from the French King Bridge.
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