HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:

We Recommend:
Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

Meadow View Road Bridge

Meadow View Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 21, 2013

View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Meadow View Road (PA-4038) Over North Branch Bermudian Creek
Rural: York County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
38.0 Feet (11.6 Meters)
Structure Length
42.0 Feet (12.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)
View Information About HSR Ratings

Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been relocated. This page and its photos and maps document the former location of the bridge.

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge has been moved to a new location. This page refers to the bridge's former location. View the current location on this page.

This is a ca. 1890 bridge that was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. It displays the unusual design details that this prolific company used on many of its pony truss bridges, notably the use of threaded rod with nut connections at the end posts, which include cast iron elements at these points. One of the vertical members has been replaced and original railings are missing, but otherwise the bridge is unaltered. Original built-up floorbeams remain.

In Spring/Summer 2014, this historic bridge was to be replaced, however it was relocated and preserved for pedestrian use.

The preservation of this bridge by relocation marks a rare example of a historic truss bridge preserved in this manner in Pennsylvania, where this form of preservation has sadly been nearly unheard of thus far. It is hoped that this will help set a precedent for future preservation projects.

The National Bridge Inventory gave a bad 1930 construction date. It is not known if this suggests that at this date the bridge was relocated, or if its just a total error.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 42'-long, metal Pratt pony truss bridge built ca. 1890 is supported on stone abutments. The truss is composed of built-up compression members and eye bar and rod tension members. It is pin connected 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 W-beam guide 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 builders 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 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting of active farms and scattered late 19th to late 20th century residences approximately 400' east of the crossroads village of Clear Spring. At the northwest quadrant is a mid 20th century commercial building. Approximately 150' to the west is a farm complex with early 20th century barn and late 19th century brick residence. The eastern quadrants are wooded. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


Photo Galleries and Videos: Meadow View Road Bridge


View Photo Gallery

Bridge Photo-Documentation

Original / Full Size Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer.
Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer


View Photo Gallery

Bridge Photo-Documentation

Mobile Optimized Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer.
Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer


View Video

CarCam: Westbound Crossing

Full Motion Video
Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.


Maps and Links: Meadow View Road Bridge

This historic bridge has been relocated and is no longer at this location. See the main bridge page for a link to the new bridge location. This map is shown for reference purposes only.

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):

Search For Additional Bridge Listings:

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of this bridge.

HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.

HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser: View listed bridges within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of this bridge.

2021 National Bridge Inventory: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.

Additional Maps:

Google Maps

Google Streetview (If Available)

Bing Maps


GeoHack (Additional Links and Coordinates)

Apple Maps (Via DuckDuckGo Search)

Apple Maps (Apple devices only)


HERE We Go Maps

ACME Mapper

Waze Map

Android: Open Location In Your Map or GPS App

Flickr Gallery (Find Nearby Photos)

Wikimedia Commons (Find Nearby Photos)

Directions Via Sygic For Android

Directions Via Sygic For iOS and Android Dolphin Browser

USGS National Map (United States Only)

Historical USGS Topo Maps (United States Only)

Historic Aerials (United States Only)

CalTopo Maps (United States Only)

Home Top


About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2024, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.

Admin Login