This bridge is a traditional half-hip pony truss. The bridge features four panels. Original lattice railings remain on the bridge. It has sadly had some unpleasing alterations, including welds and added plates. It however remains an attractive structure, and is one of the many bridges helping to make Crawford County one of the best destinations for a historic truss bridge tour, thus the continued maintenance and preservation of all truss bridges in Crawford County, including this one, is needed to maintain that distinction.
The National Bridge Inventory gives a 1910 date for this bridge, the Historic Bridge Inventory did not appear to have access to that, and guessed a c. 1895 bridge. The bridge is a traditional design and has no distinguishing features to suggest a more exact date. It could date anywhere from 1895 to 1910, although 1910 would be quite late for pinned connections.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The pin connected, single span, 49'-long, Pratt pony truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments with flared wingwalls. The bridge dates stylistically to ca. 1895; its fabricator and construction date are not documented in available records. The upper panel points were strengthened ca. 1990 by plates bolted to the verticals below the pins. The lower portion of the verticals have been repaired with welded plate. The bridge is an altered example of a common bridge type and design. Located in a county and region rich in early and complete metal truss bridges, this altered example is not historically or technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 1 lane of an unimproved road over a stream in a sparsely developed, wooded setting that does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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