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Shallow Creek Street Car Bridge

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Shallow Creek Bridge Street Car Map

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #469904

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Description 

A bridge that was part of the Bay Shore Park line. Most topographical maps from the time of its construction do not include the bridge, however, the 1910 trolley map for The United Reailways and Electric Company of Baltimore show it clearly as part of the line.

Built as part of the Bay Shore Park in 1906, this line served to transit cars around the bend near Fort Howard to and from the Bay Shore Park itself, the station of which still stands to this day. The Bridge was notable as one of only two primary land entrances into the park, the gimmick being that entry to the park was easier by Street Car or Ferry than attempting to travel the road. This bridge was part of a series of three bridges in the area that allowed for smooth service into the Bay Shore Park.

For whatever reason, the bridge ceased operation in 1944 and was torn down, possibly due to several strong tropical storms and hurricanes in that year and the preceding years. The extension from Fort Howard to where the bridge had stood was declared abandoned. By 1947 Bethlehem Steel bought the Bay Shore Park with no plans to rebuild this bridge and the entire system was left to decay in and around Bay Shore Park, although the other two bridges on the line were maintained for some time until all street car service ceased in the 1960s.

Like most of the Bay Shore Park, this bridge was designed to show off the Electric Street Car to travelers from Baltimore and abroad.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Shallow Creek on Bay Shore Street Car Line
Location
Edgemere, Baltimore County, Maryland
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
The Shallow Creek Bridge, from available materials, was a short lived extension of the Bay Shore Park Street Car and Trolley Service. Its section of the Bay Shore line ceased being in use in 1944 with the bridge removed or lost.
Builder
- United Railways and Electric Co. of Baltimore Md
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Also called
Shallow Creek Trolley Bridge
Bay Shore Street Car Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.20501, -76.43615   (decimal degrees)
39°12'18" N, 76°26'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/375997/4340509 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88926 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2020: New photo from Matthew Reynolds