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This is one of several similar bridges built in Dallas to accommodate a realignment of the river, with unusual design noted for its cantilever stringer spans and extremely long t-beam approach spans. Of note, the main stringer spans are configured as variable depth (but not curved) riveted built-up beams. These beams consist of a central span flanked at each end by "half-spans" which cantilever out to meet concrete t-beam approach spans. The central span serves as the anchor span for these cantilever arms. This configuration is a reversal of the most common arrangement of cantilever bridges (typically cantilever arms extend into the central span, anchored by the end spans). This is also an extremely unusual combination of steel and concrete bridge superstructures found within a single bridge span.
Historical photo showing an earlier bridge at this location. Erected in 1872, the HAER Documentation states that it was ordered from the Moseley Iron Company of St. Louis (St. Louis presumably being a branch of the Boston-based company), however this historical photo of the bridge shows the patented design of the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The reason for this discrepancy may be related to the fact that Zenas King actually worked with Moseley prior to forming his famous Cleveland-based company.
Above: This bridge replaced the King bowstring bridge in 1890. It was built by Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works of Levenworth, Kansas.
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