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Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge

Photos 

North Portal, Looking South.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #213388

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Black Creek on a farm access road
Location
Monroe County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1859 over Erie Canal in Brockport, NY. Relocated east of Brockport on Erie Canal in 1880. Relocated to its current location in 1910.
Builders
- John Hutchinson of Troy, New York
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Squire Whipple Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.08792, -77.83065   (decimal degrees)
43°05'17" N, 77°49'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/269600/4774467 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clifton
Inventory number
BH 49563 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • March 22, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 21, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 10, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

Comments 

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 23, 2017, by Anonymous

ORIGINAL SITE: MAIN STREET, BROCKPORT. HAD THREE MAIN MEMBERS, TWO ROADWAYS, TWO SIDEWALKS. WHEN BROCKPORT GOT A LIFT BRIDGE, MOST OF THE WHIPPLE ARCH WAS RE-USED ON THE CANAL BUT JUST TWO MAIN MEMBERS. WHEN THE BARGE CANAL WAS BUILT, EHRMENTRAUT GOT THE TWO MAIN MEMBER VERSION AND HAULED TO THE LOCATION WHERE IT IS NOW.

THE FIRST MOVE WAS DONE BY THE CANAL FORCES, AND THEY WOULD HAVE STORED OR RE-USED THE THIRD MAIN MEMBER. VERY LIKELY IT WAS SCRAPPED UNLESS IT WAS RE-USED AT ANOTHER LOCATION.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 23, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knit [dot] com)

Nathan,

I had read that but forgotten - been distracted by other things. Thanks for reminding/correcting!

Thus, unfortunately, no chance of a stored third truss.

Regards,

Art S.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art, I would like to draw your attention to my existing documentation of this bridge (prepared with help from Jim Stewart some years ago). As you will see, the bridge has been moved twice and by the time the bridge was moved to this farm, the third truss line was long-gone, having been disposed of during the first move. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

James,

While I realize the third truss line wasn't reused, If the farmer bought the bridge, wouldn't he buy the whole thing? If so, I would assume he made use of the third truss line around the farm rather than sell it for scrap. I could be wrong but, it seams reasonable. Just a thought.

Regards,

Art S.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

THE BUILDER OF THIS WAS JOHN HUTCHINSON. THE THIRD MAIN

MEMBER WAS NOT RE-USED WHEN THE BRIDGE WAS MOVED FOR THE

FIRST TIME. THIS BRIDGE IS PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 21, 2017, by Dana & Kay

Art it is worth the trip! No one around and didn't want to trespass so didn't go on or under. Appeared to be in fine shape of course wood deck maybe on a 20 year time frame for replacement but of no significance. There were deer and human footptints leading to it but doesn't look like it sees vehicle traffic.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 21, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Awesome indeed! This one is on my bucket list to see. Wonder if they kept and stored the third truss line when they moved the bridge. I doubt it, but wouldn't put it past a farmer to do so.

If I recall, Nathan has some great and detailed shots of this one on his site.

Regards,

Art S.

Ehrmentraut Farm Bridge
Posted March 21, 2017, by Dana & Kay

Visited this bridge today, AWESOME! Clearly and prominently marked as private. All photos from public right of way using digital zoom tech. Kudos to whomever preserves this one.