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Danboro-Point Pleasant Pike Bridge

Danboro-Point Pleasant Pike Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 10, 2006, July 11, 2008, and October 16, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Danboro - Point Pleasant Pike Over Delaware Canal
Location
Point Pleasant: Bucks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1877 By Builder/Contractor: Murray Dougal and Company of Milton, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2009
Main Span Length
87 Feet (26.52 Meters)
Structure Length
89 Feet (27.13 Meters)
Roadway Width
17 Feet (5.18 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
9100602900033

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Bridge Documentation

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View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

View Historical Biography for Samuel Wilson Murray and William P. Dougal

This bridge is a very early example of a pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge. It features unusual details characteristic of early metal truss bridges. The endposts of this bridge have unique cover plates that actually have an arch to them. Lightweight, built-up floorbeams are present on the structure. Decorative details on the bridge include finials at the four corners of the bridge, as well as ornate plaques on the center of the bridge on top of the top chord.

The builder, Murray, Dougal & Company, while almost unheard of in bridge work, was a noted railroad car builder. A detailed history is here.

This bridge is bypassed by a modern vehicular bridge and in 2008 was restored.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge fabricated in 1877 was rated as a contributing resource in the 1989 nomination.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a local road over the Delaware Canal in the Point Pleasant Historic District. It is rated as a contributing resource to the historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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