This is an unusual pin connected Pratt half-hip pony truss bridge. It features stylish built-up fishbelly shaped floor beams with distinctive cast iron decorative caps on the ends of the floor beams. These caps are an example of how bridge companies of this period often incorporated minor elements designed to make the bridge look attractive. It shows how much appearance was a concern in bridge building back then. This concern is today long-lost. The vertical members, which are latticed, are highly unusual, because they are variable depth, in other words, wider at the bottom than at the top. The bridge was built by the Smith Bridge Company and due to the unusual details, this bridge appears to be an older example of the bridge's work.
This bridge is one lucky bridge. It is located in a county where preservation of historic bridges for vehicular use is sadly non-existent. The county has thrown away many opportunities for feasible, cost-effective historic bridge preservation over the years. However, this bridge happened to be located on a road that passed through property owned by the Wood County Historical Center. When the bridge was closed due to deterioration with no plans to replace the bridge, the Wood County Historical Center decided to have the bridge rehabilitated for pedestrian use. As a result, the bridge has been preserved. The photos HistoricBridges.org took shows the bridge with the deck removed, but before rehabilitation work began.
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