In 2004, Elk County went on a heritage-destroying rampage, replacing and demolishing this beautiful bridge as well as the Shanley Road Bridge. The reasons given for demolishing this bridge were the same as with the Shanley Road Bridge. The feasibility of economically rehabilitating the bridges for vehicular use was the same. Visit the Shanley Road Bridge page for a much more extensive overview discussion of how these bridges could have and should have been preserved.
The contractors had already removed the pony truss span that was at one end of this bridge when HistoricBridges.org visited this bridge. To to this fact, only a few overview photos of this bridge were taken. Even the weather would not cooperate, since it was also raining.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The pin connected, 3 span, 281'-long bridge consists of 2 Pratt thru truss spans over the channel and a single half-hip Pratt pony truss approach span. The bridge is supported on ashlar piers and abutments. The structure is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of an increasingly rare bridge type and design. Adding to its significance is its documentation to the Pittsburgh Bridge Company and its agents, Nelson & Buchanan Company, regionally prominent and prolific fabricators of highway bridges in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The single lane bridge carries an unimproved road over the Clarion River in a sparsely developed, forested setting in the Allegheny National Forest. The bridge is located at a Pennsylvania Game Commission public canoe access area. The setting does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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