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Queen Anne Bridge


All Locked Up


BH Photo #126755


Bridge is owned by either Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County, Md.; the Maryland State Highway Administration; or the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).


Abandoned Pratt pony truss bridge over Patuxent River on Queen Anne Bridge Rd in Town of Queen Anne (Hardesty)
Prince George's County, Maryland, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland
- Dean & Westbrook of New York, New York
Pratt pony truss built with Phoenix columns
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89518, -76.67629   (decimal degrees)
38°53'43" N, 76°40'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/354628/4306480 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37886 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • March 1, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: Added category "Phoenix columns"
  • February 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builders to the prexisting category. "deleted" the new category.
  • February 27, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: changes design to "Pratt through truss"; adds year built, name of builder, description
  • February 26, 2013: New photos from Andy Peters
  • October 26, 2008: Added by James Gonzalski



Queen Anne Bridge
Posted May 16, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Scrolling through this post you will come upon some nice shots of this bridge:


Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 28, 2013, by Barry Lauver (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I first saw this bridge in about 1970, definitely before Hurricane Agnes in 1972. At that time I was exploring using a fairly detailed county map. I approached from the Anne Arundel County (east) side. Even then, the road bed from the intersection to the bridge was completely overgrown, the paving gone, and a mound of earth blocking the path. At that time, the bridge was lying collapsed in the Patuxent River. Sometime in the middle or early 1960ís it collapsed under the weight of a truck, probably a gravel or sand truck. Sometime, after 1980 I think, the bridge was restored and used for fishing. The deck at the time of the collapse was probably wood planks with macadam cover.

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by Andy Peters (anpete [at] yahoo [dot] com)

never mind - I realize it's a Pratt pony truss, not a through truss. I'm changing the design description back to what it was.

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by Andy Peters (anpete [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Maryland State Archives link that I posted confirms those are Phoenix columns, and that the bridge was likely built by Dean and Westwood around 1890. The Maryland State Archives document describes the bridge as a Pratt through truss, but the Bridgehunter page initially said Pratt pony truss. I cannot tell which one it is, so I changed it to Pratt through truss, since that's how the state describes it. The State Archives document has a lot more interesting history about the bridge and this specific site.

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, this bridge is composed of Phoenix columns on the top chord and end posts. It was likely built ca. 1885 by Dean and Westbrook of New York, New York. My reasoning for that is because it is nearly identical to this bridge I documented in New Jersey: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Looks like the entire upper chord is composed of Phoenix columns...interesting!

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 27, 2013, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Sure looks like Phoenix columns on the end. This would make this a very old bridge. Pre-1900 I think.

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 26, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Are those phoenix Columns I spy?

Queen Anne Bridge
Posted February 7, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Maryland may well have another hidden gem in this bridge.