Ohio has a number of similar truss bridges that are quite unusual. They are unusual because they were built in the 1910s, yet feature the ornate details and builder plaques that would be expected of bridges found in the late 1800s. The only indication that these bridges are from a later period are the different contractors shown on the plaques, while the design of the bridge, apparently a standard plan, remains the same. Cambria mill marks are present on the bridge. V-lacing is present on the verticals and sway bracing, as well as under the top chord and end post. Original lattice railings remain. Ornate sunburst designs are present on top of the a-frame portal bracing. There are also decorative finials on top of the end posts. The bridge is in decent condition. Historic integrity is slightly decreased due to extensive and sloppy steel patching and welding on various parts of the bridge. This is quite noticeable on the bottom chord. Still, the bridge remains as a beautiful bridge and is more than worthy of preservation. It is significant for its location as well, next to a mill. The scene of a mill with a truss bridge crossing the river nearby is a historic scene that would have been very common in the turn of the 20th century but is today very rare to see both the mill and bridge remaining.
The historic bridge inventory states that the builder is not documented by available county records. How could they miss the giant plaque on the bridge stating who built the bridge?!
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge is adjacent to the National Register-listed Indian Mill State Memorial. It carries a one lane road over the river in a wooded setting that includes an early 20th century house and a park. The mill has a period of significance from 1850-1874, so the bridge was built outside the period of significance.
The pin connected Pratt thru truss bridge is traditionally composed, although pin plates are used at the lower panel point. It is an extremely late example of its type, but its cresting and other ornamentation survives. Flooring system was rehabilitated. Posted.
Summary of Significance
The 1913 pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is later example of a common type/design and has no distinctive details or features. The builder is not documented by available county records. The not eligible
recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate. It was built after the period of significance of the mill, and it is a very late example of its design.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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