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Franklin Road Bridge

Photos 

late in life - amazing bridge!

George C. Davis taken 3/17/1934

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #480608

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Roanoke River on Franklin Road
Location
Roanoke County, Virginia
Status
No longer exists
History
Cost $5,000, opened in December 1879 at Thomas Tosh's Ford. Replaced in the mid '30s (1934)
Builder
- Murray, Dougal & Co. of Milton, Pennsylvania
Design
Two span Pratt through truss. Wrought Iron with cast iron connections and decorative elements.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.25537, -79.94958   (decimal degrees)
37°15'19" N, 79°56'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/593150/4123719 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90533 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2020: New photos from Art Suckewer

Sources 

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

Comments 

Franklin Road Bridge
Posted September 7, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Murray, Dougal & Co. is another interesting early bridge builder from the early days. Murray, Dougal & Co. was a railroad car builder that was one of thirteen companies merged to form American Car 7 Foundry in 1899.

They left the bridge building business when their factory burned down in 1880 and they never rebuilt the bridge shops. Two bridges are known to still stand. Interestingly, while I haven't done much research, my understanding is they made quite a few bridges but this is the first image of a lost Murray, Dougal & Co. bridge I've encountered.

Really interesting structure and spectacular decorative design!

Regards,

Art S.