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L&N - Cumberland River Triangular Truss

Photo 

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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BH Photo #360622

Map 

Description 

Was allegedly the first triangular truss built in the US.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Cumberland River on Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Location
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1866, Replaced 1897
Builders
- Albert Fink of Lauterbach, Hesse, Germany (Design)
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Railroad
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
Design
Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.17157, -86.77818   (decimal degrees)
36°10'18" N, 86°46'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/519948/4003001 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nashville West
Inventory number
BH 73226 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: This is actually a Warren through truss
  • August 18, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added photograph/Noted that the bridge was not a Fink truss

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Christopher Finigan

Comments 

L&N - Cumberland River Triangular Truss
Posted August 19, 2016, by Debie Oeser Cox (debiecox1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke, The diagram you posted is the bridge in Mr. Hoobler's book, with photo's made about 1884. If that is not a Fink truss, then there are two possibilities. They decided against the Fink design, or there was another bridge in between the 1867 and the 1897 bridge.

The attached images are from - Nashville, from the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers, page 31. By James A. Hoobler. Arcadia Publishing, 1999.