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Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge

Photos 

Overview

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcjournal/5036700668/

View this photo on Flickr

BH Photo #210921

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Although this bridge is modern it is built based on Squire Whipple's original bridge and design at this location.

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over the Erie Canal on a pedestrian walkway
Location
Buffalo, Erie County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 2001 as a reconstruction of the 1850's bridge in same location using Squire Wipple's original blueprints.
Builder
- Empire State Development Corporation of New York
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.87731, -78.87932   (decimal degrees)
42°52'38" N, 78°52'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/673199/4749371 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Buffalo NW
Inventory number
BH 49443 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 28, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • "A bridge to a glorious past" - Article about the bridge
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

thank you. it looks like original wrought iron porch railing.

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by JIM STEWART (JAMES [dot] STEWART [at] TYLIN [dot] COM)

HERE'S THE FIRST ONE. IT'S FROM THE ROCHESTER (NY)PUBLIC LIBRARY WEBSITE (ROCHESTER IMAGES).

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by JIM STEWART (JAMES [dot] STEWART [at] TYLIN [dot] COM)

HERE'S ANOTHER PHOTO FROM THE RPL.

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

are they any pictures of those iron pickets?

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by Captain Caps (captaincaps [at] capspolice [dot] org)

Mr. Stewart, please check your caps lock key.

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 7, 2013, by JIM STEWART (JAMES [dot] STEWART [at] TYLIN [dot] COM)

THE ORIGINAL SQUIRE WHIPPLE BOWSTRINGS HAD RAILINGS IF THEY HAD SIDEWALKS. THESE WERE IRON PICKET RAILINGS. BRIDGES IN THE MORE URBAN AREAS HAD CANTILEVERED SIDEWALKS.

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 7, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Railing on bowstrings

Intriques me

I also have to do something

Wire cable was not good

Perhaps Wooden railing is Best

It was good enough in the 40s

Tough question but one coming up for me because I know that a bridge that has had nothing for 130 years will certainly be forced to have some kind of railing system.

Any ideas?

Commercial Slip Squire Wipple Truss Bridge
Posted May 7, 2013, by Anonymous the Athenian

This replica bridge was done right

It surely belongs on this site

No known criteria would this bridge fail

'cept of course for that modern rail