This is a small pony truss, but it is very old with an 1888 construction date. It also retains excellent historic integrity. It utilizes a somewhat modern-looking "guide rail" style railing that is an original detail unique to Massillon Bridge Company, which built this bridge. A concrete culvert on the east end of this bridge is a non-original addition to this crossing, and does not appear to be included in the National Bridge Inventory stats for the bridge.
A mere five years newer than the oldest Massillon Bridge Company pony truss example in Morrow County, and as a pre-1890 bridge, this bridge is a very old surviving metal truss bridge. HistoricBridges.org respectfully disagrees with the finding of the Historic Bridge Inventory that this bridge is not National Register Eligible. The age of this bridge, combined with its historic integrity make this bridge noteworthy, even in Morrow County which had a large number of truss bridges remaining in 2012.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries one lane of a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms. The road necks down at the bridge. The road appears to have very low ADTs.
The 1 span, 46'-long, 4-span, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is supported concrete abutments. The truss lines are traditionally composed with built-up compression members and eyebar tension members. The end panels of the lower chords are rods while the interior panels are stamped eye bars. An overflow span finished with pipe railings has been added.
Maintains integrity but hasn't been painted in decades.
Summary of Significance
The 1888 pin connected Pratt thru truss was fabricated by the Massillon Bridge Co. The company sold many metal truss bridges to the county with the oldest extant example of their work dating to 1883. The bridge
is also one of 24 examples of the important bridge type in Morrow County with the oldest extant example dating to 1876. This later example is not historically or technologically significant.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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