This bridge is an rare example of the unique type of truss bridge that was often built in the 1870s called the bowstring truss bridge. Further individual significance can be found among each remaining bowstring truss bridge because the design of a bowstring varied greatly depending on which bridge company built the bridge. This is because these bridges were built during a time where experimentation and patents were the order of the day in bridge design. The Chili Mills Bridge is a textbook example of the patented design that the King Bridge Company came up with for their bowstrings, with the exception of the rolled beam top chord, since most King Bridge Company bowstrings used a built-up box for the top chord. Any surviving 1870s bowstring truss bridge can be considered extremely rare and they should always receive the highest preservation priority. Fortunately, Monroe County did indeed recognize the importance of this bridge, and they preserved this bridge in its original location for pedestrian use only.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Reused
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