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