This bridge is a highly significant bridge for its unusual and distinctive details, the product of its uncommon builder. The details include the use of pipe for both portal bracing and struts throughout the bridge. These pipes are attached to the truss by unique castings. Decorative castings are also found at the top of the end posts. The builder of this bridge is listed as Gilbert and Smith and the construction date is 1886. In Maryland, the Carroll Road Bridge over Carroll Branch in Baltimore County was built in 1879 and the builder was listed as Gilbert and Nelson. That bridge shares the similar unusual detail in that the struts are pipe. Nelson broke away in 1883 and became part of the prolific Nelson and Buchannan. It would appear that this Gilbert may have went his own way to link up with Smith and form Gilbert and Smith.
This bridge has been restored in place for pedestrian use only, a rare example of this type of preservation in Pennsylvania.
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