This bridge has a builder plaque that is ceramic on a thin steel plate. This style of plaque is much more common in Canada than in the United States. Typical of this type of plaque, it has not held up well over the years and is nearly completely rusted away. Only the city remains, and it lists Roanoke, Virginia. Bridge builders under a couple different names operated in Roanoke. Based on the plaque type and the age/style of bridge, it is presumed that the name of the builder was Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. This builder was prolific in southern states, but is very rare in Midwestern states like Ohio. As such, this bridge is a rare example of this builder's work in this region.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 1 lane, unimproved road over a stream in a rural area of active farms. Bridge posted for 4 tons.
The 1 span, 64'-long, pin-connected, half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments with concrete toe walls and other repairs. The truss lines are traditionally composed with built up box sections for the upper chords and inclined end posts, and the lower chords and diagonals are eyebars. The floorbeams are salvaged.
Lower chord is sprung.
Summary of Significance
The pin connected Pratt pony truss bridge dated stylistically to ca. 1890 is one of 20 examples of the important bridge type in Morrow County with the oldest extant example dating to 1874. Many are undocumented
and represent the era of standardization. This example, with no innovative or distinctive details, is not historically or technologically significant. A note in the county records shows that the fabricator was located in Roanoke,
VA. Metal truss bridge fabricators were located in Roanoke, VA as early as 1889 (American Bridge & Iron Co reorganized as the Virginia Bridge & Iron Co in 1895).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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