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Court Street Bridge (old)

Photos 

1800s image

Cast iron Whipple bowstring with three truss lines

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #458885

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Genesee River on Court St.
Location
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Status
No longer exists
Builders
- J. Nelson Tubbs (Fitzhugh & Carroll Millrace Span)
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (As S & J.M. Whipple)
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.15343, -77.60925   (decimal degrees)
43°09'12" N, 77°36'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/287849/4781158 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87059 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builders per forum post
  • November 19, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • October 27, 2019: New photo from Art Suckewer

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Court Street Bridge (old)
Posted December 7, 2021, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

PLEASE NOTE THE Vs BELOW THE DECK AT EACH PANEL POINT. THIS SEEMS TO INDICATE CAST IRON FLOOR BEAMS WITH WROUGHT IRON TRUSS RODS. EARLY FLOOR BEAMS IN THE WHIPPLE BOWSTRING OR ARCH USUALLY WERE WOOD. LATER THEY WERE WROUGHT IRON "I" BEAMS. THE IRON CASTING WITH TRUSSED RODS PROBABLY WERE MID-ERA SELECTIONS. THESE CAN BE SEEN IN PHOTO ONE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CAST IRON SHAPE WITH TRUSS RODS CAN BE SEEN AT THE NORMANSKILL FARM BRIDGE (ALBANY COUNTY, NY) BRIDGEHUNTER PAGE. ALSO, IT WAS COMMON TO REPLACE WOOD FLOOR BEAMS WITH WROUGHT IRON WHEN THE WOOD ROTTED.

Court Street Bridge (old)
Posted December 7, 2021, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

THIS BRIDGE HAD 5 SPANS OVER THE GENESEE RIVER, 1 SPAN OVER THE JOHNSON AND SEYMOUR RACE (E/S), AND 1 SPAN OVER THE FITZHUGH AND CARROLL RACE (W/S). IN 2007 I WRONGLY GAVE CREDIT TO SIMON DeGRAFF FOR BUILDING THE BRIDGE, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT ERROR. THE BOWSTRING TRUSSES WERE OF THE FAMOUS SQUIRE WHIPPLE DESIGN, AND THEY WERE BUILT BY HIS FIRM, S. AND J. M. WHIPPLE. AT LEAST SIX OF THE SEVEN WERE: THE RIVER SPANS AND THE J & S SPANS (1860 AND 1858). THE F & C SPAN IS REPORTED AS BEING BUILT BY J. NELSON TUBBS (1872). ALL SPANS WERE 7 PANEL WHIPPLE BOWSTRINGS, OFTEN CALLED WHIPPLE ARCHES. THE ARCHES WERE CAST IRON; THE REST OF THE MEMBERS WERE WROUGHT IRON. THERE WERE THREE TRUSSES (TWO ROADWAYS) PER SPAN. EACH TRUSS HAD SEVEN PANELS AND WAS 70' LONG.

Court Street Bridge (old)
Posted December 7, 2021, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

THIS BRIDGE HAD 5 SPANS OVER THE GENESEE RIVER, 1 SPAN OVER THE JOHNSON AND SEYMOUR RACE (E/S), AND 1 SPAN OVER THE FITZHUGH AND CARROLL RACE (W/S). IN 2007 I WRONGLY GAVE CREDIT TO SIMON DeGRAFF FOR BUILDING THE BRIDGE, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT ERROR. THE BOWSTRING TRUSSES WERE OF THE FAMOUS SQUIRE WHIPPLE DESIGN, AND THEY WERE BUILT BY HIS FIRM, S. AND J. M. WHIPPLE. AT LEAST SIX OF THE SEVEN WERE: THE RIVER SPANS AND THE J & S SPANS (1860 AND 1858). THE F & C SPAN IS REPORTED AS BEING BUILT BY J. NELSON TUBBS (1872). ALL SPANS WERE 7 PANEL WHIPPLE BOWSTRINGS, OFTEN CALLED WHIPPLE ARCHES. THE ARCHES WERE CAST IRON; THE REST OF THE MEMBERS WERE WROUGHT IRON. THERE WERE THREE TRUSSES (TWO ROADWAYS) PER SPAN. EACH TRUSS HAD SEVEN PANELS AND WAS 70' LONG.