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LS&MS - Ashtabula River Bridge

Photos 

Before disaster

BH Photo #185637

Map 

Description 

The center deck truss span collapsed at 7:28 p.m. on December 29th 1876 during a blizzard and while a passenger train was crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck truss bridge over Ashtabula River on Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway in Ashtabula
Location
Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Collapsed
History
Built 1864-65, main span collapsed on December 29, 1876
Builders
- Amasa Stone (railroad president)
- Charles Collins (railroad president)
- D.H. Lockhart (masonry)
Railroad
- Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad (LS&MS)
Design
Main span: Iron Howe deck truss
Approaches: Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87850, -80.78940   (decimal degrees)
41°52'43" N, 80°47'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/517474/4636307 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashtabula North
Inventory number
BH 46889 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2016: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • December 5, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad"
  • December 16, 2011: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 10, 2010: Added by Eric Root

Sources 

  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • Jacob P. Bernard