Rather than leave this closed historic bridge standing as a historic monument, taxpayer dollars were wasted when this bridge was demolished with no replacement. Since it was not in the way of a replacement bridge, the demolition of this bridge was pointless and did nothing other than to destroy heritage. The Historic Bridge Inventory stated that the bridge "has no unusual or distinctive features." This is not correct, as the bridge has the distinctive cast iron connections and bearing details that were unique to the Wrought Iron Bridge Company such that they immediately identify this bridge as a product of the company. Any bridges with cast iron components should be considered historically significant.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge is closed to traffic. It is on a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting.
The 1 span, 64'-long, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eye bar tension members. It is supported on stone abutments.
Railings replaced (ca. 1970). Vertical replaced with rolled section (ca. 1970).
Summary of Significance
The ca. 1885 pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge
built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. has no unusual or distinctive
features. WIBC was a prolific building prior to 1901, and more complete
examples exist in the state. This is a later example of the company's
work and does not have the distinguishing details of many of the earlier
examples. There has been no change in the bridge's status since the
prior inventory. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory
remains appropriate. One vertical has been replaced with rolled section.
The company built the same basic bridge from at least 1874 into the
1890s. This is one of 13 similar examples in the state.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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