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Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge

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Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge

The Journal Herald: April 16 1956

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BH Photo #448705

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Holes Creek on Alexandersville-Bellbrook Road
Location
Montgomery County, Ohio
Status
Collapsed; replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1883
Builders
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67020, -84.20305   (decimal degrees)
39°40'13" N, 84°12'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/739909/4394893 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added builder, truss type, material and length
  • May 27, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

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

Comments 

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2019, by Don Morrison

Also the picture was saved in a lossy format. (.jpg)

More detail would be preserved in a bitmap or .png or .tga image.

Maybe the plate on the right says 87, hard to tell.

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 28, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A scan of a newspaper photo doesn't have the resolution. If the paper has the original photo it might be possible.

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 27, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I'm not sure if anyone can enhance the first photo but the blocks on the upper corners have the build date cast into them and I'd be curious what the lower central plaque text said.

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 27, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

My pleasure Melissa.

Thanks for doing the work to find it.

Regards,

Art S.

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, thank you for your knowledge and assistance!

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge
Posted May 27, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Great find Melissa!

What a heartbreaker.

I didn't realize CBW changed the portal design immediately upon reorganization upon David Morrison's death in 1882. I thought the changeover would have occurred in 1884-1885.

'Bubbles' portals:

http://bridgehunter.com/pa/montgomery/467046040002310/

'Sunray' portals:

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/licking/gallman-road/

This means 'Bubbles' is 1876 or 1877 to 1882 and 'Sunray' is 1883 to 1888 or 1889 (Carlton is 1888 with Sunray portals but there is presently no evidence of whether the last bridges had them).

Regards,

Art S.