Groton does seem likely now, comparing details with other extant ponies it does seem similar. Thanks Nathan!
This bridge is mostly like a product of Groton Bridge Company based on the lattice and the cast iron pin caps, and the location within New York State.
I was hoping for a builders plate somewhere to clear up the mystery of who built this, but if course I was disappointed. What I was able to find from my site visit though is that this has several unusual details, which rule out the larger builders. The pin style is not one I've encountered before, the verticals have doubled up rivets on the X lacing (individual instead of overlaid), which seems redundant and thus a product of a smaller manufacturer then a large scale cost-effective operation. The use of Battens for the upper chord, while not unheard of for 1900 is also somewhat unusual as they were on the wane by this time.
The truss is decorative at this point, as steel stringers carry the load. In the last few years the floorbeams have also been removed, further degrading its historical integrity.
Hi, again, :) Re: Correction. This website you reference shows the NRHP Multiple Properties Submission form does have the correct name "BEERS BRIDGE" in its beginning, on section E page 2. It seems that someone made a mistake subsequently on the map that was inserted between pages 2 and 3, and then that mistake was carried on and made again on pages 20, 21, 26, and on Section F page 9. The name is correct again in Section G on page 1 "Geographical Data" sheet. The gentleman who did this submission was not a resident of Keene, and even though he did an absolutely fabulous job with this submission, some small errors are to be understood and expected.
Thank you for your consideration. - Town Historian
Except BEER'S Bridge is the name used on the NATIONAL Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission form.
There is a mistake in the name here. :)
This was the BEERS BRIDGE. (No Apostrophe). This was named for the BEERS family. George Carni BEERS had a blacksmith shop in the town of Keene, probably near his home, near this bridge. I need to do a little more review for an exact location. -- Thank you. --- Town Historian.
Is the information on this bridge confirmed?
Just because it's listed in Wikipedia doesn't mean it's correct. This is the first I have heard of a Pratt Company. Thomas died in 1875...would presume his father Caleb died before that.
Is this the only bridge on this site actually built by the Pratt company?