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BO - Lower Elysville Bridge (2nd)

Photos 

1857 image Bollman Bridge near Elysville, Cumberland B&O

Artists' Excursion Over the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Photograph Collection

Photo uploaded by Art S.

View this photo at mdhs.org

BH Photo #466598

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Description 

The "Annual Report" for 1855 stated all wooden bridges will be replaced with iron. It continues to say $18,325.19 has been expended for the Elysville Lower Bridge and the bridge should be completed late 1855 or early 1856. The "Annual Report" for 1856 spoke of the completion of the Lower Bridge: The Lower Bridge at Elysville, consisting of three spans of each 111 feet, has been reconstructed of iron of sufficient width of two tracks. Besides the superstructure, two new piers were erected to replace the old ones.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bollman through truss bridge over Patapsco river on B&O Railroad
Location
Elysville, Howard County, Maryland
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1853 lost 1868 due to flooding. Replaced by a bridge of similar design but with an additional span.
Builders
- B&O Mount Clare Shops of Baltimore, Maryland
- Wendel Bollman of Baltimore, Maryland
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
Design
3 111 ft Bollman through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 111.0 ft.
Total length: 333.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31557, -76.81615   (decimal degrees)
39°18'56" N, 76°48'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/343431/4353369 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88377 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added description and some details
  • February 26, 2020: Updated by Luke: Corrected builders to prexisting categories
  • February 26, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Luke