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Bridge Street Bridge

Photo 

Photo taken by Chris P

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BH Photo #394340

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This structure is a single-span, Whipple-type truss built by the New York Bridge Company in 1879. It connects the south end of the Groveville Carpet Mill (Survey Nos. 59, 60) with a historic residential neighborhood on the south side of the creek. It incorporates pin-connected members in the deck structure, ornate tracery in the portal braces, a wood plank deck and it still retains its original builder's plate. The structure appears to be unaltered. The bridge is currently closed to all but foot traffic. This bridge may have been built in collaboration with the Village of Matteawan at the behest of Charles M. Wolcott, who owned the adjacent Groveville Carpet Mill, as a means of mill worker access across the creek. Squire Whipple (1804-1888), who lived much of his life in New York, is considered the father of American iron bridge building and was the first to apply mathematics to calculate bridge member stresses. This is a rare surviving unaltered 1870s highway bridge, of an unusual proprietary bridge design, designed by a known and important bridge designer, and possibly a hybrid material structure containing both wrought iron and steel members. The Bridge Street Bridge is not listed in the NYS DOT Historic Bridge Inventory.

From Fishkill Creek Greenway & Heritage Trail Master Plan

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Whipple through truss bridge over Fishkill Creek on Bridge Street
Location
Beacon, Dutchess County, New York
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1879
Builder
- New York Bridge Co.
Design
Whipple through truss with 8 panels, almost certainly wrought iron with cast components.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51190, -73.94915   (decimal degrees)
41°30'43" N, 73°56'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/587691/4596118 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wappingers Falls
Inventory number
BH 72913 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • June 15, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • August 3, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added description
  • August 3, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder + date from Fishkill Creek Greenway & Heritage Trail Master Plan
  • July 25, 2016: New Street View added by Luke

Sources 

Comments 

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted February 25, 2017, by Chris P (thatcrispykid [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I walked over it today, the wood deck feels solid (though there are a few tiny holes that allow you to look into the creek). Anyone know when and why the bridge closed?

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Spectacular! Great find!!

Regards,

Art S.

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! This is an awesome bridge. I believe that it is just about the smallest Whipple that I have seen. In this case, it's small size adds interest, because a span of this length would often be a Pratt.

Look at those portals!

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Definitely a Whipple, and a beauty at that!

Almost certainly wrought iron from the 1870-1880 period. Also has finials and nice cast components. Verticals are very light and tightly composed. A real Gem that needs to be fixed-up and shown off!

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Whipple? Any guesses as to maker?