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Leibs Creek Driveway Bridge

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Leibs Creek Driveway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: May 31, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Private Driveway Over Leibs Creek
Rural: York County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
64 Feet (19.5 Meters)
Structure Length
64 Feet (19.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This classic Wrought Iron Bridge Company pony truss bridge is located on a private driveway next to a public road. The bridge itself apparently is or was owned by the county as it had an entry in Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory and a BMS Number as well.

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Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 64'-long, metal Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1890 is supported on stone abutments. The truss is composed of built-up compression members and eye bar and rod tension members. It has pin connections with the exception of cast iron connecting pieces at the upper chord-end post connections, a detail associated with Wrought Iron Bridge Co. pony truss bridges. U-shaped hangers support rolled section floorbeams carrying steel stringers and an open steel grid deck placed ca. 1980. Original railings have been lost and replaced by welded channel railings. The bridge is a historically and technologically significant example of its type/design by an important late 19th century fabricator. The Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, OH, was among the best known and most successful bridge fabricators to establish a national market for its bridges. The company was very active in York County during the last two decades of the 19th century.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 1 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with active farms and scattered 19th to late 20th century residences. A late 19th century vernacular farm residence is located at the northwest quadrant. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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