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Bancroft Mill Pedestrian Bridge


Photo taken by Ian Nelson in July 2021


BH Photo #501436

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Baltimore deck truss bridge over Brandywine Creek
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
Closed to all traffic.
Future prospects
At risk for demolition and replacement following moderate damage from Hurricane Ida in 2021.
Likely served the previous Bancroft Mill
Pin connected Baltimore deck truss
Listed as a contributing resource to the Joseph Bancroft & Sons Cotton Mills (# 84000439 ) Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76897, -75.56219   (decimal degrees)
39°46'08" N, 75°33'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/451850/4402267 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93610 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2022: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 18, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected truss type from Pratt to Baltimore, noted Ida damage, closure, and demolition risk, and NRHP District.
  • July 10, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 10, 2021: New photos from Ian Nelson



Bancroft Mill Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I propose a possible alternate history for this bridge, that it might have been salvaged from this bridge: https://bridgehunter.com/de/new-castle/bh75654/ however this only works if the bridge at Bancroft Mill was not erected until 1921. The NRHP nomination lists a ca.1909 construction date for it, but this seemed off to me, since 1909 is a bit late for a pin connected Baltimore truss bridge, so that led me to wondering how accurate that date was. Note that the Washington Street Bridge had multiple spans, not just that big main span that doesn't seem to exactly match.

Any thoughts or insight into my theory would be appreciated.