At first glance this bridge has the appearance of a bridge that is either abandoned or perhaps placed here to provide a farmer with access to farmland across the stream. However, if one were to cross this bridge and follow the dirt/grass trail they would arrive at a tiny cemetery, which is the real reason this bridge is located here. The bridge sits on stone abutments.
This bridge has an unusual detail. The floorbeams extend a fair distance beyond the truss lines. There also are two unused holes drilled into the flanges of this section of floor beam that extends beyond the trusses. It is possible that at some point the trusses were "slid" down the floorbeams to create a more narrow roadway which would help keep heavy traffic off of the bridge and also might be able to support more weight, since it would have a narrower, and thus lighter, deck. The bridge does have a very narrow 12 foot roadway which might suggest this is what happened.
The bridge has a posted two ton weight limit. Weight limits below three tons are very rare in the United States.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 1 lane unimproved road over a stream in a rural setting. The narrow lane goes to Rice Cemetery, a small burial ground.
The 1 span, 3-panel, 43'-long, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments. The truss lines are traditionally composed with built up box section upper chords and end posts. The diagonals and lower chords are eye bars, and the verticals are toe-out channels with lacing. Floorbeams have been replaced in kind, and welded plate has been added to the bottoms of the end posts.
Minor welded repairs to end posts, other wise maintains integrity.
Summary of Significance
The fabricator of the 1894 pin connected Pratt pony truss bridge is not documented in Morrow County records, but stylistically it appears to have been fabricated by the Massillon Bridge Co. that sold many truss
bridges to the county. It is one of 20 examples of the important bridge type in Morrow County with the oldest extant example dating to 1874. Many are undocumented and represent the era of standardization. Morrow County retains many
deteriorating pin connected truss bridges largely because of the economic issues associated with there replacement in a largely rural county with no industrial tax base. This example is not historically or technologically
significant. This example has expedient repairs and is not historically or technologically significant in comparison to the county and state population of pin connected pony truss bridges.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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