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Rattlesnake Creek Driveway Bridge

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Rattlesnake Creek Driveway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: June 6, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Private Driveway Over Rattlesnake Creek
Cairo: Allen County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: East Iron and Machine Company of Lima, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
18 Feet (5.4 Meters)
Structure Length
25 Feet (7.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge serves a private driveway and appears to be largely unaltered. Lightweight steel stringer bridges from the era where lattice railings were used (usually up to around 1920) that actually retain their lattice railings are rare. Moreover, this bridge is significant because it is known who built it, information not often available for such small bridges. The company, East Iron and Machine Company of Lima, Ohio, because little is known what if any other surviving bridges by this company exist. The company name refers to a surname, not the direction. A short bit of information was found in a historical text as shown below.

Information About William S. East

Source: History of Allen County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens By Samuel A. Baxter, 1906

WILLIAM S. EAST, president and manager of The East Iron & Machine Company, of Lima, is a man who possesses mechanical aptitude of a high order and is one of the leading manufacturers of the city. He was born at Lima, December 25, 1866, and is a son of Abraham East.

Isaac East, the grandfather of William S. East, was one of the pioneers of this section in the flouring-mill business and in this industry was succeeded by his son Abraham. The latter continued in this business at Lima for a number of years.
William S. East completed the common and high school courses at Lima and then learned the trade of machinist, at which he worked for 12 years in shops where his ability was thoroughly tested. He has been in business for himself for some eight years.

The East Iron & Machine Company was founded a number of years ago and the plant has been established at its present location for the past two and a half years. The officers of the company are: William S. East, president and manager; J. L. Sampson, secretary and treasurer, and A. D. Neuman, vice-president. The company is capitalized at $100,000. The business is the manufacturing of all classes of structural iron work, a leading feature being steel bridge work. Their trade covers Ohio and a large portion of the territory in adjacent States, particularly Pennsylvania. It is ranked with the large and important industries of Lima.

In 1891 Mr. East was married to Blanche Truesdale, who is a daughter of S. D. Truesdale, a prominent retired citizen of Delphos, Ohio


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This bridge is on a private driveway, but can be seen from the adjacent public road.

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