Drake's Creek Bridge
The Franklin Favorite: December 1 1949
BH Photo #443258
Worth noting. The county did the modifications to the Old Richardsville bowstrings to achieve height and stability around this time.
That reminds me, I owe Jim C. (and Nathan) scans of some of my documents. BTW, for those who know who Tony and I are speaking of, I spoke with him last week and he's still sharp as a tack.
In many cases I agree, especially past 1890, but certain early manufacturers/builders have a sufficiently distinctive style to make their design cues unique.
Now, to the bridge at hand, I put on my better eyeballs and if you look closely on the left of the first image, you will spot the portal with the back of the sub plaque still attached.
Also as none of the tension members pass through the verticals (which they do on a CBW Whipple), its a Pratt.
It would have looked like this: http://bridgehunter.com/photos/15/62/156219-L.jpg
Although CBW is certainly a possibility, I don't see enough here to say definitively that they are indeed the fabricator.
A noted historian and mentor of mine taught me not guess at these things without a good deal of proof.
The verticals don't look right for a Phoenix. Also, zooming in on the first picture, I think the top chord is a rolled I beam. If so, its definitely a Columbia Bridge Works product.
I'll hold off editing it until others weigh in.
Driver error... Again!
This was a Phoenix Column span, looks like it was a Pratt.