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Parrish Road Bridge

Photo 

Conneaut River Near Conneaut, Ohio

Patrick's finial find strongly suggests that this is the same bridge.

Photo uploaded by Art S

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BH Photo #353523

Map 

Description 

The distinctive "X's and O's" portal bracing are a telltale sign of a King Bridge Company span.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Conneaut Creek on abandoned portion of Parrish Rd
Location
Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Deck removed
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.93359, -80.58920   (decimal degrees)
41°56'01" N, 80°35'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/534057/4642484 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Conneaut
Inventory number
BH 54306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • September 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • September 16, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • September 15, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • September 14, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and approximate date of construction
  • September 14, 2014: Updated by Don Morrison: updated truss type
  • September 14, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • November 5, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: Added category "Conneaut Creek"
  • November 4, 2012: Added by Don Morrison

Sources 

  • Don Morrison
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 23, 2014, by Don Morrison

If Patrick did leave the finial, perhaps Nick Sanford or someone else near Conneaut could get it put in a museum. That would be better than leaving it out to be taken. Maybe the other finials are in the water too.

I'm wondering if anyone is considering preserving the bridge.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

At least Patrick posts his. I still haven't gotten around to posting any of mine; not that I'm much of a photographer and I'm certainly not in a condition to get shots like Patrick's truss-top views!

Merry Christmas!

Art S.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art... agreed. I wish people would make more use of the ability to caption photos that are posted to BridgeHunter, especially photos like this where the intent/meaning is unclear.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Of course, I could be mistaken. If Patrick unbolted the finial from it's original position, it would be a shame.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

I seem to recall Patrick posting about finding the finial on the ground and placed it on top to show how it once appeared.

I hope that Patrick hung onto it. I'd rather know how to find it via bridgehunter for future replication than have the next souvenir hunter come along and take it leaving no paper (internet) trail to track it down should the bridge be restored.

Regards,

Art S.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Please help me understand what is going on in Photos #82-87. Without any captions in the photo, the scenario I see playing out is that the photographer has very sticky fingers for the (last?) surviving finial on the bridge. Of course, if that really were the case, why would the photographer put evidence of the crime out for the world to see? Am I missing something?

Having one finial surviving on the bridge would be essential to producing a replica casting allowing for replication of the missing finials, should this bridge find a new home and be relocated and restored.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by Nick Sanford (nasanford85 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

RE: Name of establishment SW of bridge

The private campground and pavilion adjacent to the south approach is owned by the Monroe Athletic Club and is referred to as "Blue Belle Isle." Relative to the status of the old R/W, I don't know of any vacation legislation that exists with the City of Conneaut post-Lakeville annexation (1964); my guess is that since this was a Lakeville area back in those days, the County maintained it at one time and subsequently closed the bridge (this had to be pre-1940s as my 93 year-old neighbor recalls walking the bridge as a kid--and the road was closed). Based on the physical condition of the north approach (Parrish Road), this was a good move.

Nonetheless, I would imagine that the structure is in dangerous condition for people to be walking on its chords (although I love the pics).

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by Don Morrison

Patrick;

Your photos are very good. Nice colors. I'd have the shaky knees walking out on the deck stringers like that. 8^)

I have interest in this bridge because I found it in Google Earth or Bing Bird's Eye view and added it to Bridgehunter.

I wasn't able to find any info on the bridge, but a lot about Conneaut. Sounds like a neat place to visit.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Actually, it was the lower chord eyebars (iron) and their connection with the steel vertical where the major section loss occurred

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was working for an engineering firm in 2006 that designed the restoration on the Furnas Mill Bridge in Johnson County, IN http://bridgehunter.com/in/johnson/60270/

I based the date of this bridge on that one as ca.1885.

The Furnas Mill Bridge was actually a mixture of wrought iron and steel. That early steel didn't play well with the iron and created many issues. The iron eyebars were in excellent shape with nice sharp edges...The steel verticals had large areas of section loss where the diagonals (iron) were attached. The steel in the endposts and upper chord were also compromised and had to be strengthened with a hidden tubular "skeleton" that gave the structure enough strength to be reopened to vehicular traffic.

As far as styles go Julie... It's hard to say how the firms decided what to use and where. This style seemed to be fairly commonly used by King from about 1885 to the early 1890's.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The recipe for steel changed in the late 1890s. There was more silica in the mix in the iron. That is one reason you can not use ultrasound (UT) technology on wrought iron bridge components, as the silica reads as a void when it isn't. Eye-bars, pins, bridges have been closed because of this, so the word must go out for more testing before demolition.

We have seen a mix of steel and iron in bridges in the early 1900s as parts like eye-bars and pins may have been iron and verticals with channel and plate made of new steel by any one of many iron and steel companies. I've just learned this working with Nels Raynor on Workin' Bridges projects.

It is interesting to go further and see what Nels has to say about the quality of steel from some of those companies. I think he has a presentation on that subject, and I know he discussed it at last years 57 Annual Transportation Conference put on by Auburn and AlDOT.

The x's and o's might help determine date. By the way, what is the difference in the different King choices?

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Tom Hoffman

Being an 1880s bridge, Is this bridge made of iron or steel? Seeing the map and pictures, it looks like the road and bridge had been abandoned for awhile. This would be a great bridge to restore.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Don Morrison

I see a metal object on the ground near the abutment. Could that be the top of a decorative finial that once adorned the portal?

Was there a spot where the plaque had been removed?

Looking forward to more of your photos.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Don Morrison

Patrick;

Thanks for getting pictures of this bridge. Is that Carl Finlaw memorial brick just painted? It doesn't look like much preservation work has been done to the site.

Maybe it was Carl's favorite fishin' hole.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted February 5, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Definitely appears to have been abandoned for a very long time!

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted February 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I checked, and this bridge unfortunately does not appear to have been surveyed in the state historic bridge inventory, so I can't add any information to this entry at this time.

Parrish Road Bridge
Posted February 4, 2014, by Chris Conrad (chrisconrad9 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What is the facts about the bridge? Date? Use? Any old pictures?