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Dumbarton Bridge


Side view

Photo taken Spring 1993 by Jack E. Boucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #101635



Five-span concrete arch bridge over Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on Q Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia
Open to traffic
Built 1915; rehabilitated 2000
- A. Phimister Proctor (Sculptor of the Buffalos)
- A.E. Guidane (Contractor)
- D.E. McComb (Engineer)
- Glenn Brown (Architect)
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 265.1 ft.
Deck width: 33.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973
Also called
Q Street Bridge
Buffalo Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91076, -77.05115   (decimal degrees)
38°54'39" N, 77°03'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/322156/4308873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington West
Inventory numbers
DC 117 (District of Columbia bridge number)
NRHP 73002080 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 12262 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • January 23, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: changes primary name to Dumbarton Bridge; adds link to short history of the bridge
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited builde's section.
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Andy Peters: Adds names of architect, engineer, contractor and buffalo sculptor; adds date of NR listing; adds NRHP record number.
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 16, 2010: Updated by Bob Morgan: added map marker
  • February 1, 2010: New photo from Daniel McFarland
  • September 15, 2006: Posted HAER photos



Dumbarton Bridge
Posted February 11, 2017, by Pam Anderson (bluedandy1 [at] aol [dot] com)

I've heard that sometime during the late '20's or early '30's someone cut the tails off the buffalo on the bridge. Do you know anything about that?