This abandoned bridge is a very early surviving example of a railroad truss bridge using Phoenix columns. It was moved from the Rondout Creek Bridge near Kingston, New York to this location in 1904 when the Rondout Creek Bridge was replaced with a new through truss span that remains today. The floorbeams and overhead bracing were shortened and lower lateral bracing were replaced when the span was moved here and converted from a double-track bridge to a single-track bridge. Unusual longitudinal bracing that originally ran between floorbeams as seen in a historical photo of the bridge and can be seen on the similar Hayden Bridge in Oregon were not retained when the bridge was moved. The floorbeams on the bridge, since they are altered, lack the holes for these braces, but the bottom chord connection castings retain the empty holes.
Above: Historical photo showing the Rondout Bridge. The span that was moved to Goldens Bridge is the far left span in the photo. Click on the photo for an enlargement where the longitudinal bracing between floorbeams can be faintly seen.
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