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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