2020 Update: This bridge was moved to private property. The owner, the Luety family, says though the bridge will be on their property, they want to allow the community to continue to use it for photos – with permission. They also have plans to include it as a portion of a nearby snowmobiling trail. The new location of the bridge is at: 42.575191, -88.908934.
This 1910 bridge is an extremely unusual and early example of the truss bridge using bolted connections for all connection points. Its design is very similar to an average truss bridge from the period with riveted connection, except that there are bolts holding the members to the gusset plates.
During the late 1800s, pinned connections were the most common form of connection used on truss bridges because field riveting equipment and skilled labor was not available to erect the bridges on-site using riveted connections. Bolts were used sparingly, generally only to assemble segmented pieces of the larger shop riveted beams together, such as the top chord. As the 20th Century rolled around and field riveting became available, then riveted connections became common, and rivets were used for mostly everything until the 1960s. As such, bolted connections did not become overly popular until the 1970s.
This bridge is otherwise traditionally composed for a 1910 bridge, with built-up beams composing the truss web and an a-frame portal bracing. The bridge has been altered with the addition of welded plates to portions of the truss. In addition, some of the original bolts (having square-shaped nuts) have been replaced with modern high-strength bolts (having hexagonal bolts). These alterations have diminished the historic integrity of the bridge, however because of this bridge's bolted connections, the bridge remains significant.
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This historic bridge has been relocated and is no longer at this location. See the main bridge page for a link to the new bridge location. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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