This bridge is one of two highly rare and highly historically significant Phoenix column through truss bridges on Yellow Breeches Creek. This one has portal bracing knees that include decorative cast iron stars. This bridge retains outstanding historic integrity including retention of original built-up floor beams and original railings. Any bridge that survives today with Phoenix columns is rare and should be given the highest possible preservation priority. Phoenix columns are historically significant as a unique, patented type of built-up beam. Patented built-up beams and columns did not enjoy use for many years because the use of standard non-patented built-up beams quickly proved both cost-effective and functionally useful as well.
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