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Rexford Falls Bridge

Rexford Falls Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: July 13, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Mad Brook
Location
Sherburne: Chenango County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Bowstring Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1877 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2006
Main Span Length
75 Feet (22.86 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a highly unusual bowstring truss bridge. Its use as a pedestrian bridge might suggest it was relocated and altered (narrowed to walkway width), however it appears this bridge was always a footbridge in this location. The construction date comes from local news articles. The builder is unknown which is the greatest mystery, since bowstrings are typically easy to associate with a builder as they were built in a period where each company had its own patented designs. It may be an example of a little-known bridge company, or a company that is otherwise unrepresented for this period in history. Some aspects of the bridge, like the verticals and bracing composed of angle, and the simple rolled top chord (rolled by Phoenix Iron Company), give the bridge a more modern appearance than one would expect from the 1870s. However other details such as the cast iron shoe/bearings at the ends of the bridge are exactly the type of detail one would expect from the 1870s era of bridge building.

In 2006, this bridge was rehabilitated at a cost of $40,000, with the Herbert H. & Mariea L. Brown Trust Foundation providing $30,000 of that.

Below is a historical postcard that was listed on Ebay showing the bridge. The seller thought the postcard dated to ca. 1901-1907.

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