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Columbia Bridge Works

of Dayton, Ohio

Also known as: D.H. & C.C. Morrison (90), Columbia Bridge Co. (32)

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Columbia Bridge Works was known in its earlier years simply as D. H. Morrison, the name of its founder beginning in 1848. Then, when his son joined, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison. The Company was renamed the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton Ohio around 1867-1868. Upon David Morrison's death of lung cancer in 1882, the company was reorganized around his sons as the Columbia Bridge Co. but, for all practical purposes, the company remained the same. The company failed in early 1890 and its assets were acquired by Andrew Carnegie. Its equipment was shipped Pittsburgh, PA. The company name existed after the turn of the 20th century but ownership isn't presently known.

Because many of CBW/CBCo.'s bridges are structurally and esthetically distinctive they are recognizable without secondary documentation or plaques. However, the company's more traditional work and their subcontracting work (especially their railroad bridges) are rarely identified without supporting evidence (no Morrison/CBW/CBCo. railroad bridges listed on this site as of November 15, 2021). This, combined with the miniscule survival rate of bridges from the period of CBW's existence, an incomplete and partially dispersed archive, combined with little national attention paid to bridges that weren't on the scale of the Eads bridge or the Roebling giants, means much of the company's history and work product has faded away and is unaccounted for.

Presently (November 15, 2021), the company is known to have built bridges in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company bid on jobs and may have built bridges in Massachusetts and Long Island, New York with circumstantial evidence for many other states, including much of the south, and other states such as Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey and Connecticut. States such as Michigan, Wisconsin and 'mainland' New York seem to also be likely candidates but no evidence has been found to date.


Main Street Basin Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1874
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
No longer exists

Main Street Basin Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1874, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
No longer exists

Main Street Bridge (1835) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1835
Lost Covered Bridge over Miami River on Main Street
No longer exists

Main Street Bridge (1835) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1835, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Covered Bridge over Miami River on Main Street
No longer exists

Main Street Bridge (1871) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1871
Lost Inverted Bowstring through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Main Street Bridge (1871) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1871, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Inverted Bowstring through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Main Street Bridge Lackawaxen River (older) (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
probable) (also known as, 1874
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
Destroyed by severe weather - ice jam

Main Street Bridge Lackawaxen River (older) (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
probable, 1874, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
Destroyed by severe weather - ice jam

Mallaham Bridge (Putnam County, Ohio)
also known as, 1876
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Riley Creek on Township Road M-6
Open to traffic

Mallaham Bridge (Putnam County, Ohio)
Built 1876, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Riley Creek on Township Road M-6
Open to traffic

Marble Hill Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
probable) (also known as
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Middle Creek
No longer exists

Marble Hill Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
probable, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Middle Creek
No longer exists

Marseilles Iron Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Built 1885, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois River
Replaced by a new bridge

Melock Hill Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
probable) (also known as, ca.1870
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Log Lick Creek, Br. on Melock Hill Road (CR89)
Replaced by new bridge

Melock Hill Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
probable, ca.1870, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Log Lick Creek, Br. on Melock Hill Road (CR89)
Replaced by new bridge

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
probable) (also known as, 1880
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
Replaced by a new bridge, but relocated and preserved

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
probable, 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
Replaced by a new bridge, but relocated and preserved

Michigan Street Bridge (1873) (Marion County, Indiana)
also known as, 1873
Lost Bridge over White River on Michigan Street
No longer exists

Michigan Street Bridge (1873) (Marion County, Indiana)
Built 1873, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over White River on Michigan Street
No longer exists

Mill Road Bridge (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
also known as, ca.1875
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Little Creek on Mill Road (old alignment)
Replaced by a new bridge and road later realigned.

Mill Road Bridge (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
Built ca.1875, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Little Creek on Mill Road (old alignment)
Replaced by a new bridge and road later realigned.

Milroy Bridge (Rush County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1880
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Little Flatrock River on Main Street (Now SR-244)
Replaced by new bridge

Monroe Street Bridge (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Superstructure, 1889, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Muskingum River on Monroe Street
Replaced by Veteran's Memorial Bridge

Mulford's Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
also known as, 1880
Lost Bridge
No longer exists

Mulford's Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Built 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge
No longer exists

Mystery Percy Priest Lake Inundated Bridge (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Truss bridge
Inundated

Negley Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
also known as, 1882
Through truss bridge over North Fork Little Beaver Creek on Carmel Achor Road (TR 1026)
Open to traffic

Negley Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Built 1882, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over North Fork Little Beaver Creek on Carmel Achor Road (TR 1026)
Open to traffic

New Baltimore Bridge (1865) (Hamilton County, Ohio)
Built 1865, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Blue Rock Road
Replaced by a new bridge

New Holland Bridge (Truss) (Fayette County, Ohio)
Built 1882
Lost Through truss bridge over North Fork Paint Creek on US 22
Replaced by a new bridge

New Holland Bridge (Truss) (Fayette County, Ohio)
Built 1882, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Through truss bridge over North Fork Paint Creek on US 22
Replaced by a new bridge

New Oregon Bridge (Howard County, Iowa)
also known as, 1876
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Turkey River on Old New Oregon Road
Collapsed in 1933

New Oregon Bridge (Howard County, Iowa)
Built 1876, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Turkey River on Old New Oregon Road
Collapsed in 1933

Oakdale Dam Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
also known as, 1888
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 725N
Replaced by a new bridge

Oakdale Dam Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Built 1888, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 725N
Replaced by a new bridge

Oakdale Dam Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
successors to, 1888, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 725N
Replaced by a new bridge

Old Huntsville Road Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1880's
Lost Through truss bridge over Fall Creek on Huntsville Road
Destroyed by collision

Old Michigan Road-Tippecanoe River Bridge (ca. 1880) (Fulton County, Indiana)
possible fabricator) (also known as, ca. 1880
Lost Bowstring Through truss bridge on Old Michigan Road over Tippecanoe River
Replaced by a new bridge; Southern stone abutment preserved.

Old Michigan Road-Tippecanoe River Bridge (ca. 1880) (Fulton County, Indiana)
possible fabricator, ca. 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring Through truss bridge on Old Michigan Road over Tippecanoe River
Replaced by a new bridge; Southern stone abutment preserved.

Old Rockville Road Bridge (Hendricks County, Indiana)
also known as, 1875
Whipple through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on a pedestrian trail (former Broyles Road) in Avon
Open to pedestrians

Old Rockville Road Bridge (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Built 1875, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Whipple through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on a pedestrian trail (former Broyles Road) in Avon
Open to pedestrians

Olive Bridge (Noble County, Ohio)
Lost Pony truss bridge over West Fork Duck Creek on Olive Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Ottawa Bridge (Putnam County, Ohio)
also known as, ca. 1880
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Blanchard River on Road
No longer exists

Ottawa Bridge (Putnam County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Blanchard River on Road
No longer exists

Owl Creek Bridge (Morrow County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1874
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Owl Creek (Kokosing River) on Road
No longer exists

Peevy Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1880
Through truss bridge over Perkiomen Creek on Peevy Road in Upper Hanover Twp (East Greenville)
Open to traffic

Peevy Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over Perkiomen Creek on Peevy Road in Upper Hanover Twp (East Greenville)
Open to traffic

Penns Creek Bridge (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1886
Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on TR 510
Lost

Penns Creek Bridge (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1886, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on TR 510
Lost

Penns Creek Bridge (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
successors to, 1886, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on TR 510
Lost

Pike Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
also known as, 1869
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Flatrock River on Mound Road
Replaced by new bridge

Pike Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Built 1869, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Flatrock River on Mound Road
Replaced by new bridge

Piketon Bridge (Whipple c1880 - 1913?) (Pike County, Ohio)
Built 1880
Lost Columbia Bridge Works Whipple through truss bridge over Scioto River on route of present-day US 23
Replaced by a new bridge

Pittsburg Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Built 1868
Lost 4 span bowstring through truss bridge over Wabash River on former County Road 310 North in Pittsburg
Replaced by a new bridge

Pittsburg Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Built 1868, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost 4 span bowstring through truss bridge over Wabash River on former County Road 310 North in Pittsburg
Replaced by a new bridge

Plum Street Bridge (Clark County, Ohio)
AKA, 1872
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Buck Creek on Plum Street
No longer exists

Plum Street Bridge (Clark County, Ohio)
Built 1872, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Buck Creek on Plum Street
No longer exists

Printer's Papermill Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1886
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Conestoga River on Paper Mill Road
Collapsed

Printer's Papermill Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1886, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Conestoga River on Paper Mill Road
Collapsed

Printer's Papermill Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
successors to, 1886, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Conestoga River on Paper Mill Road
Collapsed

Pulaski Bridge (1876) (Pulaski County, Indiana)
also known as, 1876
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on County Rd. 560S
No longer exists

Pulaski Bridge (1876) (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Built 1876, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on County Rd. 560S
No longer exists

Rockford Bridge (1871) (Jackson County, Indiana)
Superstructure, 1871, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Truss bridge over East Fork White River on Reddington Street (CR 725N)
Replaced by new bridge

Rockingham Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, ca. 1885
Pony truss bridge over Dark Shade Creek on TR 712
Open to traffic

Rockingham Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Built ca. 1885, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Pony truss bridge over Dark Shade Creek on TR 712
Open to traffic

Rockingham Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
successors to, ca. 1885, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Pony truss bridge over Dark Shade Creek on TR 712
Open to traffic

Rodgers Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Built ca. 1889, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Pratt pony truss bridge over Buffalo Creek on TR 487
Closed

Rossville Bridge (1889) (Miami County, Ohio)
also known as, 1889
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on N. Co. Rd 25A
No longer exists

Rossville Bridge (1889) (Miami County, Ohio)
Built 1889, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on N. Co. Rd 25A
No longer exists

Rossville Bridge (1889) (Miami County, Ohio)
successors to, 1889, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on N. Co. Rd 25A
No longer exists

Sandusky River Bridge (Wyandot County, Ohio)
wild guess based on portal bracing shape and square caps similar to Peevy Rd.) (also known as
Lost Whipple through truss bridge
No longer exists

Sandusky River Bridge (Wyandot County, Ohio)
As D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge
No longer exists

Scioto St. Bridge (1879) (Scioto County, Ohio)
also known as, 1879
Lost Bridge over Scioto River on Scioto Street?
No longer exists

Scioto St. Bridge (1879) (Scioto County, Ohio)
Built 1879, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over Scioto River on Scioto Street?
No longer exists

SE 9th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
also known as, 1891*
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Des Moines River on SE 9th Street
Removed

SE 9th Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1891*, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Des Moines River on SE 9th Street
Removed

Shawnee Bridge (1886) (Miami County, Ohio)
also known as, 1886
Lost through truss bridge over Great Miami River on East Main Street
No longer exists

Shawnee Bridge (1886) (Miami County, Ohio)
Built 1886, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost through truss bridge over Great Miami River on East Main Street
No longer exists

Shawnee Bridge (1886) (Miami County, Ohio)
successors to, 1886, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost through truss bridge over Great Miami River on East Main Street
No longer exists

Shawnee Bridge (1898) (Miami County, Ohio)
East span, 1898
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River and Miami & Erie Canal on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Shawnee Bridge (1898) (Miami County, Ohio)
East span, 1898, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River and Miami & Erie Canal on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1870's
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Branch McKee Creek
Open to traffic, posted for load

Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1870's, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Branch McKee Creek
Open to traffic, posted for load

South Main Street Bridge (Trumbull County, Ohio)
also known as, 1887
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mahoning River on South Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

South Main Street Bridge (Trumbull County, Ohio)
Built 1887, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mahoning River on South Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

South Main Street Bridge (Trumbull County, Ohio)
successors to, 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mahoning River on South Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

St Marys River Bridge (Mercer County, Ohio)
AKA, 1887
1887 Columbia Bridge Co. Whipple through truss bridge originally located over St Marys River on Gallman Road. Superstructure restored and relocated elsewhere.
Removed from this location and replaced by a new bridge. The removed superstructure was subsequently restored (including replicating the finials and date blocks) and relocated to a park in Newark, OH (Licking Co.)

St Marys River Bridge (Mercer County, Ohio)
Built 1887, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
1887 Columbia Bridge Co. Whipple through truss bridge originally located over St Marys River on Gallman Road. Superstructure restored and relocated elsewhere.
Removed from this location and replaced by a new bridge. The removed superstructure was subsequently restored (including replicating the finials and date blocks) and relocated to a park in Newark, OH (Licking Co.)

St Marys River Bridge (Mercer County, Ohio)
successors to, 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
1887 Columbia Bridge Co. Whipple through truss bridge originally located over St Marys River on Gallman Road. Superstructure restored and relocated elsewhere.
Removed from this location and replaced by a new bridge. The removed superstructure was subsequently restored (including replicating the finials and date blocks) and relocated to a park in Newark, OH (Licking Co.)

St. Clair Street Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
also known as, 1887
Pratt through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on St. Clair Street in Eaton
Open to traffic

St. Clair Street Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
Built 1887, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Pratt through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on St. Clair Street in Eaton
Open to traffic

St. Clair Street Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
successors to, 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Pratt through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on St. Clair Street in Eaton
Open to traffic

Stafford Road Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Built 1881
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Rattlesnake Creek on Stafford Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Stillwater River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1880?
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Stillwater River
No longer exists

Stillwater River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1880?, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Stillwater River
No longer exists

Stringtown Road Bridge (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
also known as, 1885
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Stringtown Road
No longer exists

Stringtown Road Bridge (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
Built 1885, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Stringtown Road
No longer exists

Stringtown Road Bridge (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
successors to, 1885, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Stringtown Road
No longer exists

Summit-Wolf Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1871*
Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Summit Street
No longer exists

Summit-Wolf Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1871*, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Summit Street
No longer exists