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Baptist Church Road Bridge

Baptist Church Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 7, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Baptist Church Road Over Mulhockaway Creek
Rural: Hunterdon County, New Jersey: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: Horseheads Bridge Company of Horseheads, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
32 Feet (9.8 Meters)
Structure Length
34 Feet (10.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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The Historic Bridge Inventory thought that the bridge was built by George Updyke, a member of the county bridge committee as shown on the distinctive plaque on the bridge. But committee members did not build bridges, they bought bridges. In reality, this bridge was built by the Horseheads Bridge Company. Very few bridges survive by this company, making this bridge noteworthy as an example of this company. The unusual top chord mounted plaque is identical to one found on Ebay as shown below. Note that Horseheads Bridge Company was earlier known as the E. A. Perkins & Company. The Horseheads Bridge Company also tended to use a distinctive shaped casting for its pin caps, which this bridge shows, which lends additional support of this bridge's lineage.

Thanks to Jim Stewart and Marc Scotti for providing information and example bridges relating to the Horseheads Bridge Company and E. A. Perkins.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The light 3-panel pin-connected Pratt half hip pony truss bridge is supported on random ashlar abutments with wingwalls. Pipe railings remain. Alterations are minimal and include concrete seats, plates welded to the lower panel points and end posts, and replacement stringers. The well-preserved bridge was built by George Updyke, a member of the county bridge committee. One of over 20 bridges of its type in the county, the span exhibits no unusual details and is a representative example.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a quiet country road over a minor stream. It is located in a wooded rural setting within sight of scattered modern housing.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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