This bridge's cast iron connections, and lightweight design are indicative of a bridge that likely dates to the 1870s. Indeed, this bridge is extremely lightweight even by 1870s standards. It is so lightweight that it is hard to believe these trusses were load-bearing, yet they do appear to have been so. The deck is long-gone, and this long-abandoned bridge is twisted and warped, and at high risk for collapse. Yet the integrity of the design and materials remains, with the exception of the decorative finials at each corner of the bridge.
The bridge appears to have been some sort of bowstring-like bridge, likely the unique design of a particular bridge company. However, the company is currently unknown. Its age, unique design, and rarity make this bridge extremely significant.
Below is another similar bridge that no longer exists.
Above: 2001 photo of a similar bridge, courtesy Trish Kane, which is now demolished and used to be in Whitney Point, Broome County. This bridge retained all four finials as seen in this photo.
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