This bridge is an extremely rare and significant example of a Columbia Bridge Works Whipple truss. Both Whipple truss bridges and Columbia Bridge Works bridges are rare. Columbia Bridge Works bridges of any type are usually assigned a high level of significance because the company used so many unusual and non-standard construction and design details in its bridges. The company used very off built-up beams on its truss members, as well as very complicated and non-standard connection details. Indeed, this particular bridge displays some very unusual connection details. Most bridges built by the company are immediately recognizable, even if they don't have the distinctive ornate builder plaque mounted on the portal. This bridge however does retains its plaque. The bridge was relocated from Mercer County to this location in 2002.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a bike path over a stream in a park setting.
Major rehab 1987. Originally in Mercer Co. as SFN 5457467 over St. Mary's River. Moved to Licking County in 2002, on a Bikeway over Raccoon Ck near Reddington and Cherry Valley Rd.
Relocated in 2002 from Gallman Road over St. Mary's River in Mercer County (former SFN 5457467).
Summary of Significance
The Whipple truss bridge, fabricated in 1887 by the
Columbia Bridge Works, is a technologically significant example of its
type/design that was relocated and rehabilitated in 2002 for re-use on a
bike path. Although relocated, it maintains integrity of design and
materials, and thus its technological significance. The eligible
recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
There are 13 examples of the bridge type important to the development and maturation of the pin-connected thru truss bridge. They date from 1881 and concentrated in the 1880s. Even though there are more than 12 extant examples in Ohio, each built in the 1880s has high significance based on overall scarcity (everywhere but in Ohio) of the design. This is a major and technologically significant bridge type. The bridge has high significance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Reused
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