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Moseley Bridge

Photos 

Photo provided by The Fund for North Bennington, Inc

BH Photo #269286

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Tubular wrough iron bowstring pony arch bridge over creek on pedestrian pathway
Location
North Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1865; Dismantled 1958; Reconstructed 2013
Builders
- Moseley Iron Building Works
- Thomas Moseley (Design)
Design
Tubular Bowstring pony tied-arch
Dimensions
Total length: 48.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.92706, -73.24818   (decimal degrees)
42°55'37" N, 73°14'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/642958/4754204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bennington
Inventory number
BH 58562 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2017: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • April 15, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • November 26, 2013: New photos from Bob Howe
  • October 28, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: changed design from "truss" to "tied-arch", added length, removed "pin-connected"
  • October 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photographs

Related Bridges 

Sources 

Comments 

Moseley Bridge
Posted March 7, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Its already in trail use on the The Mile-Around Woods Trail. Its excellent that it was saved...even if it is just over a small ditch!

Moseley Bridge
Posted March 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So is this the site of a future trail? Cause it sure looks like it's just sitting in the middle of a farm over a dry ditch? It's a shame they changed the width, but with the rarity and how long it sat in the landfill I'm glad they saved it!

Moseley Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oooh. Looking at the HAER documents for the Upper Pacific Mills Bridge, the floor beams on that bridge were built-up plate triangular beams like the top chord. Possibly this bridge too had similar floor beams - at least originally. Again, I can't tell from the photos.

Also, those drawings for the Upper Pacific Mills Bridge reinforce the idea this is a tied-arch, not a truss.

Moseley Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

By the usual definition of "truss", this is not a truss bridge because there are no triangles. A better term would be a tied arch. A pony tied-arch. No checkbox for _that_ here!

The lack of diagonals result in the vertical carrying only a tension load.

The counter arch is a real odd feature. It seems to me they are nearly useless. Inverted arches aren't especially useful. only be a benefit if the verticals are attached to it - not just passing through it. I can't tell from the 'photos if they are.

Anyway, I'm changing the design so it's similar to how it's listed for this other Moseley bridge.

http://bridgehunter.com/ma/essex/moseley/

Moseley Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Utterly amazing that this beauty sat in a landfill for 50 years and nobody scrapped it!

Very fortunate to say the least!

Moseley Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Patent # 59054 A - 1866 with improvements patented # 103765 A in '70

https://www.google.com/patents/US59054?dq=moseley+truss+brid...

Moseley Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Great to see!

I would suggest importing the article and images in this article be imported into the site as the links may not be permanent.

Also, the bridge's original site is listed in the article and the article implies that 1857 is the patent date and this bridge was built around 1865.