This bridge was undoubtedly built by Smith Bridge Company or the company's later name, the Toledo Bridge Company. This can be inferred from the unusual selection of built-up members, none of which feature v-lacing or lattice and instead use battens. The use of battens on the vertical members particularly makes this bridge stand out. A number of Smith Bridge Company structures remain in Ohio and Pennsylvania that are very similar to this bridge in appearance. This bridge was a good, representative example that was worthy of preservation. Instead, it was reduced to scrap metal and replaced with a slab of concrete.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting of farms.
The 1 span, 49'-long, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eye bar or rod tension members. The upper chords are toe-out channels with cover plate and battens. The verticals are toe-out channels with battens. The lower-chord eyebars are heavier in the two interior panels. Rolled floorbeams are suspended by U-shaped hangers from the lower chord pins. The floorbeams, stringers, deck, and railings are modern (ca. 1980). The stone abutments have concrete seats.
Replaced flooring system and railings (ca. 1980). Ball finials in ca. 1980 photos are now gone. Cover plate at end post-upper chord connection has been welded.
Summary of Significance
The ca. 1890 pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is attributed to the Smith Bridge Company of Toledo by prior ODOT survey forms, but plaques and finials are now gone. The bridge is similar to three other
documented examples in other counties dating from ca. 1885 (55XXXX2, 55XXXX6, 82XXXX5), but it does not have the architectural ornament, tapered verticals, or original fishbelly floorbeams that characterizes those earlier designs.
The other surviving examples better represent the significance of the company's work.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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