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Skiles Athletic Field Bridge

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Skiles Athletic Field Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 8, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Black Fork River
Shelby: Richland County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
85 Feet (25.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an example of a bridge that appears to have been built by the Massillon Bridge Company. This association is made largely because of the unusual guide bar railing with two poles below. The unusual guide railing which almost has a more modern look to it has appeared on other Massillon bridges. The composition of the traditional bridge also follows a design that the company used. Although the floorbeams have been altered, the truss webs appears to retain good historic integrity. The bridge connects a school to an athletic field and serves pedestrians only. It was relocated from Whitney Avenue.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory


The bridge carries a pedestrian walk to the W. W. Skiles athletic field (the football stadium) near Gamble Street south of in downtown Shelby.

Physical Description

The 1 span, 85'-long, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eyebar or rod tension members. The floor beams appear to be salvaged beams, and they have welded connections to the lower panel points.


Reportedly moved from Whitney Avenue in Shelby years ago. Floorbeam connection altered.

Summary of Significance

 The ca. 1895 pin-connected pony truss bridge that appears to have been fabricated by the Massillon Bridge Company was moved to the present location from Whitney Avenue in Shelby many years ago. It has a new concrete deck, and the floorbeam connection has been changed (they are now welded). It represents the era of standardization and is not historically or technologically significant. It is also altered.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Reused


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