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Bollman Bridge

Bollman Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2, 2007 and July 6, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Rail-Trail) Over Scratch Hill Road
Location
Glade City (Rural): Somerset County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1871 By Builder/Contractor: Patapsco Bridge and Iron Works of Baltimore, Maryland and Engineer/Design: Wendel Bollman of Baltimore, Maryland

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2007
Main Span Length
81 Feet (25 Meters)
Structure Length
81 Feet (25 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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HAER Data Pages, PDF

Note: This is not the famous Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge of Savage, Maryland. Click here to switch to that bridge's page.

One of the rarest bridges in Pennsylvania, and among an elite group of nationally significant bridges that feature cast and wrought iron construction, this bridge is also one of the last surviving bridges that were designed by famous B&O Railroad Chief Engineer Wendel Bollman. The bridge is also significant as a rare example of a pin-connected Warren truss. It is also among the oldest surviving truss bridges remaining, with an 1871 construction date. It also features the extremely rare patented type of built-up beam known as the Phoenix Column. History is combined with beauty in the form of aesthetic treatments in terms of an ornate, decorative portal design.

This bridge was saved from demolition by concerned people who have successfully relocated this bridge onto a rail-trail near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania in 2007. The bridge had been last repaired back in 1910.

Be sure to review the HABS HAER data pages for a brief history of this bridge. 

Photos from this bridge were taken after the relocation, but before the deck was completed. This worked out well, allowing HistoricBridges.org to get photos of the details unhindered by a deck and whatever (most likely distasteful) modern railings end up on the bridge.


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

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
39.818310,-78.994640

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