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North Village Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by James McCray in June 2013

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BH Photo #264671

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Parker pony truss bridge over a feeder stream that flows into Lake Chaubunagungamaug on a pedestrian walkway in Memorial Beach Park
Location
Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Mr. Parker (Inventor of the Parker Truss) was directly involved in the building of this bridge.
Builders
- Charles H. Parker (Design)
- National Bridge & Iron Works of Boston, Massachusetts
- Phoenix Iron Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Design
Parker pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.05545, -71.85885   (decimal degrees)
42°03'20" N, 71°51'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/263432/4659887 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oxford
Inventory number
BH 49875 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Phoenix Iron Co."
  • August 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 31, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add Dimensions
  • August 26, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • October 24, 2011: Updated by James McCray: Updated bridge builder info
  • October 22, 2011: Added by James McCray

Comments 

North Village Bridge
Posted September 1, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewwer [at] knite [dot] com)

I like the name of the lake!

Regards,

Art S.

Memorial Beach Park Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I put National Bridge and Iron Works as the builder of bridge.

Memorial Beach Park Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth

Wow, that definitely is a Parker Patent bowstring truss. Quite a find! Yes, Parker was directly involved with National Bridge. Here is the only other one I know about (and the only one I visited in person), bringing my known total to three in the whole country. http://www.historicbridges.org/massachusetts/lowerrollstone/...

Memorial Beach Park Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Check this one out James:

http://bridgehunter.com/vt/windsor/elm-street/

I think you may just have found another example of a National Bridge & Iron Works product. The top chord does look very similar. The Elm Street Bridge had a deck truss added to it for extra strength many years back.

I do believe that Mr. Parker may have been directly involved with NB&I as well.

Memorial Beach Park Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

any info on this bridge would be helpful. i posted it as a parker pony truss, but in reality I have never seen a bridge like this. what kind is it? who made it?