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Monroe Street Bridge


Monroe Street Bridge

Dayton Daily News: December 21 1967


BH Photo #452129



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Pennsylvania Railroad on Monroe Street
Xenia, Greene County, Ohio
Removed but not replaced
Built for the PRR in 1865, Moved to Xenia in 1897. Closed to traffic circa 1965-1967; Removed in 1984
- Sheffler Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Erection in OH)
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67500, -83.92333   (decimal degrees)
39°40'30" N, 83°55'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/249266/4395772 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (6,821)
Built 1897 (235)
Built during 1890s (2,717)
Greene County, Ohio (30)
Lost (21,665)
Lost 1984 (92)
Lost during 1980s (1,171)
Ohio (3,102)
Owned by county (19,907)
Pin-connected (3,675)
Rail-to-road (314)
Relocated (765)
Sheffler Bridge Co. (1)
Through truss (13,905)
Truss (31,052)
Whipple truss (328)
Xenia, Ohio (1)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added original build date based on Luke’s research
  • July 13, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added erectors
  • July 13, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch


  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Luke


Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks to Everyone for the information!

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2019, by Luke

It does, but only 5 images, all of which are contemporary shots vs historical ones.

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Interesting. Does HAER have images? The newspaper articles seem to refer to this bridge surviving the flood, but that may not be accurate. Also the posted images are not clear enough but the midpoint connections on the verticals in the second to last imagine seem unusual. The verticals are not Keystone Columns based on the external path of the tension elements. Given the build date could they be cast or early Phoenix?


Art S.

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2019, by Luke

Doh! Missed that bit in proofreading.

Unfortunately a large chunk of the HAER datasheet spends time talking about the great flood of 1889 that the then-new stone bridge survived rather than delving into the history of the previous structure.

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I think you mean 1865 rather than 1895. Otherwise, I think you got it right! Very cool. Ignoring the portals, which may have been simplified during the relocation, are there clues to the manufacturer, given the 1865 build date and the wrought iron construction?


Art S.

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Luke

1897 has been confirmed as a relocation date per articles from the Xenia Daily Gazette from the period.


The following excerpt is from the HAER document on the 1886-88 Stone Bridge in Johnstown:

"PRR constructed its first all-iron bridge at Johnstown in 1850. This structure, on the same site as the present structure, consisted of five 75'-0" arch-reinforced

Pratt truss spans over the Conemaugh River. Fifteen years later, the spans were replaced with heavier Pratt trusses (sans arches). This structure sufficed until the PRR began another round of main-line improvements in 1886."

Anyone willing to bet the 1895 Pratts were double intersection Pratts, AKA Whipples?

Monroe Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by John Marvig

Wow! This appears to be a really old Whipple built for railroad use prior to being used on a road. Nice find!