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Fink Through Truss Bridge

Photos 

View Looking Southeast, 3/4 Elevation Photocopy Of Historic Photograph, Office Of Hunterdon County Engineer, Flemington, Nj, Ca. 1940-50. Photographer Unknown

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #137422

Map 

details 

Written by Andrew Pearce

This is/was the oldest metal bridge in the USA.

It is said that Hunterdon County kept all the parts in a warehouse, waiting for someday when the end post can be recast for an affordable price.

The Hamden Road Fink truss was an all iron bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost wrought iron through truss over South Branch Raritan River on CR 2 (Hamden Rd) in Hamden
Location
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Destroyed by vehicle collision in 1978
History
Built 1858
Builder
- Trenton Locomotive & Machine Works of Trenton, New Jersey (Fabricator)
Design
Fink through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60389, -74.90239   (decimal degrees)
40°36'14" N, 74°54'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/508258/4494791 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittstown
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74001161 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42367 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 15, 2012: Essay added by Andrew Pearce
  • April 19, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • HAER NJ-18 - Fink Through-Truss Bridge, Hunterdon County Government Complex (moved to), Flemington vicinity, Hunterdon County, NJ
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com