BO - Fairmont Fink Truss (1852)
Photocopied 1972 From The New World, Or The United States And Canada, London Publishing, Library Of Congress, C. 1858. View Of Fairmont Bridge
Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record
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BH Photo #153882
The first all-metal bridge on the [Albert] Fink plan, its detailing infulenced the development of pin-connection in American bridges. Longest iron bridge in the United States in 1852.
Dennis N. Zembala for HAER
- Lost Fink through truss bridge over Monongahela River on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
- Farimont, Marion County, West Virginia
- Destroyed in 1863 by the South; temporarily replaced by the north with a wooden bridge; replaced by the railroad to a similar plan but with slightly different casting shortly after the war.
- Fink iron bridge built here 1852; Destroyed by the CSA 1863; Replaced by indentical structure 1865; Replaced 1887
- - Albert Fink of Lauterbach, Hesse, Germany
- B&O Mount Clare Shops of Baltimore, Maryland
- - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- The first bridge was an Albert Fink designed iron bridge, the longest metal bridge in the US at the time it was built. It was destroyed by Confederate troops in 1863, rebuilt to the original design with slightly different castings in 1865 but replaced in 1887 when it was obsoleted by heavier equipment. The current modified Warren Truss was built in 1912.
Length of largest span: 205.0 ft.
Total length: 615.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.46659, -80.14775 (decimal degrees)
39°27'60" N, 80°08'52" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/573311/4368903 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Fairmont West
- Inventory number
- BH 43993 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- July 9, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: changed the name
- October 1, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: separated the pre and post Civil War versions.
- February 26, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer
- February 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added railroad
- January 31, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning
- J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
- HAER WV-14 - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Fairmont Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River, Fairmont vicinity, Marion County, WV
- Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com