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Bradner Creek Bridge

Bradner Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 9, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Farm Access Over Bradner Creek
Rural: Livingston County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Horseheads Bridge Company of Horseheads, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This is one of the few surviving bridges built by the Horseheads Bridge Company, a small company noted for including unusual and interesting aesthetic and design details in its bridges. The presence of these sorts of details indicate that this bridge is clearly the work of the Horseheads Bridge Company. These details include a distinctive railing design: use of channel (instead of more typical angle) for the top and bottom of the railing, use of rosettes in the railing, unusual/distinctive railing termination at the end post. There is evidence that a now-removed bridge plaque was mounted on the top chord. The predessecor company to Horseheads, E. A. Perkins and Company also used top chord mounted plaques. In general, most bridge companies did not mount builder plaques on top of the top chord, which is why this is noteworthy. One of the unique details of Horseheads is the obsessive attention to aesthetic detail: The pin plates for the connections are not just rectangles, they have curved cutouts on the corners to give them a little extra "class." Lastly, this bridge's pins use a cast iron cap system, which was typical for Horseheads.

Horseheads Bridge Company was not the largest of bridge companies, and worse, surviving examples by the company have been demolished. As such, very few examples remain. As such, this small span should be considered to have a high level of historic significance, especially given that this company was noted for employing unusual details, many of which are included on this bridge.

Thanks to Marc Scotti for discovering this bridge. It is located in the middle of a farmer's field.


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