2019 Additional Information: This bridge was listed in some places with an 1886 construction date. However, a cultural resources report stated the following, which (assuming the comment about the bridge being removed is an error) suggests an 1882 construction date: In 1882, Hornbrook became home to the first iron bridge in Marshall County when the county court ordered construction of a bridge across Fish Creek. Built at a cost of $15,000, voters feared the financial ruin of the county. The iron bridge at Hornbrooks mill remained in service through 1984 but has since been removed (Marshall County Historical Society 1984:41). In 1886, G.F. Gray and one of the Gatts family members established a store and post office in Hornbrook. When the postal service appointed Gray as postmaster, they named the post office Graysville. The name remains in use to this day (Marshall County Historical Society 1984:41).
This bridge is a traditionally composed Wrought Iron Bridge Company Whipple truss bridge. It is built to a standard design that the company used. Distinctive characteristics include the uncommon vertical member design, which features no v-lacing or lattice. The shape of the portal bracing is a design seen in many other bridges built by this company, including the decorative design at the top.
This bridge also features impressive built-up floor beams. The structure is composed of thirteen panels.
This bridge makes a good comparison to the Adaline Bridge.
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