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Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)

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1886 Binkley's Bridge

Note the lattice portal bracing. Original image source Lancaster County Archives.

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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Description 

Copied from: http://www.lancasteratwar.com/

The Columbia Iron Bridge Company built a new two span wrought iron Pratt through truss bridge on the old abutments and center pier and that lasted until an overweight truck dropped one of the spans, killing the driver, on Thursday, September 29, 1929. After this, the road was relocated about 550' downstream (south), mainly to eliminate two right angle bends set in opposite directions of each other on the Pennwick Road end.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Conestoga River on Paper Mill Road
Location
Zooks Corner, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Status
Collapsed
History
Built in 1886 replacing a covered bridge that was lost Nov 25, 1882, replaced/relocated after a span collapsed Sept. 29, 1929 due to an overweight truck
Builders
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 153.0 ft.
Total length: 306.0 ft.
Also called
Binkley's Bridge (3rd)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.07903, -76.25952   (decimal degrees)
40°04'45" N, 76°15'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/392610/4437289 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89870 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 7, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)
Posted July 7, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

Yup, I'm aware.

Plotting the locations of the known bridges is quite interesting:

https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/columbia-bridge-wo...

I'm also aware of probables in VA, NC, TN and possibles in MD & WV. Interestingly, nothing yet in NJ, NY, MI, WI, MO, AR or MN.

Is there a way of mapping bridges built by each manufacturer prior to a certain year? I'm curious how the 'big boys' would stack up against CBW in 1882 and 1890.

Regards,

Art S.

Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)
Posted July 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And when I say Kansas I'm referring to this one...

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/franklin/bh36236/

Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)
Posted July 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree Art! And it's easy to forget that fabricators didn't always work with their own designs. I suspect some of these variations were influenced by early city or county engineers that wanted to leave their mark. And as far as logistics go, we also know they built as far West as Kansas.

Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)
Posted July 7, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I think we have been a bit narrow minded in our thinking in terms of defining features of CBW. There are now at least five CBW bridges pictured on Bridgehunter with some form of lattice portal bracing.

Also, the more I learn the more impressed I am with them:

Quantity (as we are discovering now, much like Bollman, Squire Whipple, and Post many/most of their bridges were replaced before picture postcards were common so their achievement is underappreciated by many),

Location, they had a nationwide, not just regional presence (they were bidding jobs in eastern Massachusetts! Not yet sure if they won any of the bids there),

Diversity of design - simply look at what has been posted so far.

Regards,

Art S.

Printer's Papermill Bridge (3rd)
Posted July 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I concur Art... It's a CBW!😜

It is indeed odd to see Lattice webbing in the portals of one of their bridges!