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Pumphouse Road Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #148725



Possibly the only extant example of an Rogers Iron Company built bridge.


Pratt through truss bridge over Beaver Creek on Pumphouse Road in Springfield
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio
Now used for the Buck Creek Trail.
Built 1905 by the Rogers Iron Co.; rehabilitated 1967
- Rogers Iron Co. of Springfield, Ohio
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94112, -83.75848   (decimal degrees)
39°56'28" N, 83°45'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/264318/4424866 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
961 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1261630 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 13, 2019: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • November 12, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 29, 2009: Updated by Greg Hall: added elevation



Pumphouse Road Bridge
Posted November 14, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is an interesting history of the company, the company's history with ornamental fencing explains why the bridge has the unusual ornamental details as well. As for the date, I checked the historic bridge inventory and there is no substantiation for the date. I field visited the bridge recently and didn't see any dates. I would have to look at my photos which aren't in front of me to see if I spotted any iron/steel mill brands that might suggest a date range.

Also, the Historic Bridge Inventory consultants describe the bridge in a manner that makes me think they barely looked at a single photo of the bridge:

The 1 span, 107'-long, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eyebar tension members. The 1905 pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is later example of a common type/design and has no distinctive details or features. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.

Pumphouse Road Bridge
Posted November 14, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Rodgers Iron Co. existed from 1882 - 2000. From but operated under this name from 1892 through (no later than 1905.


"Rogers Fence Company -- Incorporated in 1882 and first appears in the Williams City Directory (Springfield, Ohio) in 1883. It continues to be listed under that name through 1891. The name changed to Rogers Iron Company in 1892 and was then succeeded by the William Bayley Company by 1905. This company continued in business (manufacturing steel and aluminum windows and steel doors) through ca. 2000 (History of Manufactories of Springfield, Ohio). Chicora resources: single advertisement in History of Manufactories of Springfield, Ohio, showing a "bolted, clip and punched wrought iron rail fence" of two different designs."

I didn't see a date on the bridge. Is 1905 correct or is it a default build date.


Art S.

PS. Note the type of rivet used.

Pumphouse Road Bridge
Posted November 29, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice details on this bridge! Being that this may well be the only surviving example from this builder, and that it is a hometown product......Springfield would be crazy not to restore it!

Pumphouse Road Bridge
Posted July 29, 2009, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Road closed, now Bicycle/jogging trail

Photo 1- Looking North/West (East side)

Photo 2- Looking North

Photo 3- Looking South

Photo 4- Dam/Waterfall East of bridge

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.