Ohio Canal Swing bridge OH
Cleveland State University Library Photograph Collection
Photo taken by Douglas Butler in February 2015
BH Photo #375774
Glad the "crew" could sort it out. Always enjoy your bridge art.
According to the linked article, this was the bridge at Lock 52 on Erie Street.
Article also has pictures of a couple of fixed-span bridges and a couple pictures of the NKP swing bridge over Swan Creek.
Thanks, Nathan. I did not realize that.
Thanks Nathan and Robert for your help
Howe trusses often have counters at each panel point and can look like other truss types as a result. Swing Howes often had curved top chords. The photo Doug has posted looks very similar to the Fox and Howard swing bridges that were popular in Chicago in the 1800s. You can see a photo of one here:
I am fairly certain it is closer to this bridge:
The road this bridge crossed was originally the Miami and Erie Canal, which was filled in. Immediately north of this canal was the Swan Creek and a riveted steel swing bridge was there. The caption in your photo seems to be describing a location where the swan creek and the canal were close to each other with Swan Creek acting as n alternate route for the canal.
Also, your caption mentions an Armada Mill, and I searched online and it appears that this mill, as well as the Swan Creek sidecut also mentioned in the caption were near Mill Street, Newton Street, and Logan Street, all of which are near this location as well. Here is the listing online:
Well, the stream looks a bit small to be navigable - although one could say the same thing for the (highly altered) Grand Calumet River as well.
The swing bridge in the drawings does not look like a Howe pony truss to me. Do we have two different bridges here?
I wondered is this bridge the correct location ?