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Columbia Bridge Works

of Dayton, Ohio

Also known as: D.H. & C.C. Morrison (89), Columbia Bridge Co. (32)

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Columbia Bridge Works was known in its earlier years simply as D. H. Morrison, the name of its founder beginning in 1848. Then, when his son joined, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison. The Company was renamed the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton Ohio around 1867-1868. Upon David Morrison's death of lung cancer in 1882, the company was reorganized around his sons as the Columbia Bridge Co. but, for all practical purposes, the company remained the same. The company failed in early 1890 and its assets were acquired by Andrew Carnegie. Its equipment was shipped Pittsburgh, PA. The company name existed after the turn of the 20th century but ownership isn't presently known.

Because many of CBW/CBCo.'s bridges are structurally and esthetically distinctive they are recognizable without secondary documentation or plaques. However, the company's more traditional work and their subcontracting work (especially their railroad bridges) are rarely identified without supporting evidence (no Morrison/CBW/CBCo. railroad bridges listed on this site as of November 15, 2021). This, combined with the miniscule survival rate of bridges from the period of CBW's existence, an incomplete and partially dispersed archive, combined with little national attention paid to bridges that weren't on the scale of the Eads bridge or the Roebling giants, means much of the company's history and work product has faded away and is unaccounted for.

Presently (November 15, 2021), the company is known to have built bridges in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company bid on jobs and may have built bridges in Massachusetts and Long Island, New York with circumstantial evidence for many other states, including much of the south, and other states such as Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey and Connecticut. States such as Michigan, Wisconsin and 'mainland' New York seem to also be likely candidates but no evidence has been found to date.


2nd River Bridge (Butler County, Ohio)
Built 1879, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss at Middletown
Lost

2nd River Bridge (Butler County, Ohio)
also known as, 1879
Lost Whipple through truss at Middletown
Lost

6th Street Bridge (1885) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Built 1885, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost five-span through truss bridge over Muskingum River and canal on 6th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

6th Street Bridge (1885) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Built 1885
Lost five-span through truss bridge over Muskingum River and canal on 6th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Abel Hill Bridge (Martin County, Indiana)
also known as, 1877
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lost River on CR #3
Replaced by new bridge

Abel Hill Bridge (Martin County, Indiana)
Built 1877, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lost River on CR #3
Replaced by new bridge

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
successors to, 1883, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Through truss bridge over Holes Creek on Alexandersville-Bellbrook Road
Collapsed; replaced by new bridge

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
AKA, 1883
Lost Through truss bridge over Holes Creek on Alexandersville-Bellbrook Road
Collapsed; replaced by new bridge

Alex-Bell Road - Holes Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1883, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Through truss bridge over Holes Creek on Alexandersville-Bellbrook Road
Collapsed; replaced by new bridge

Allingers Mill Bridge (Logan County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1880
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on State Street (235 is approximately the same crossing)
No longer exists

Ash Road Bridge (1883) (St. Joseph County, Indiana)
Built 1883
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Ash Road (County Line Road)
Replaced by the current concrete arch bridge in 1929.

Big Raccoon Creek-CR 1050W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1870's, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on County Road 1050 West
Replaced by a new bridge

Big Raccoon Creek-CR 1050W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
also known as, ca. 1870's
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on County Road 1050 West
Replaced by a new bridge

Blanchard River TR 207 Bridge (Hancock County, Ohio)
also known as, 1879
Lost Pratt Through truss bridge over Blanchard River on TR 207
Removed

Blanchard River TR 207 Bridge (Hancock County, Ohio)
Built 1879, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt Through truss bridge over Blanchard River on TR 207
Removed

Blue Point Bridge (Effingham County, Illinois)
also known as
Lost Pony truss bridge over Blue Point Creek
Collapsed

Blue Point Bridge (Effingham County, Illinois)
As D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pony truss bridge over Blue Point Creek
Collapsed

Bridge Street Bridge (1877) (Miami County, Ohio)
also known as, 1877
Lost through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Bridge street
No longer exists

Bridge Street Bridge (1877) (Miami County, Ohio)
Built 1877, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Bridge street
No longer exists

Bridgeport Road Bridge (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, ca. 1885
Pony truss bridge over Anderson Creek on TR 206
Closed to all traffic

Bridgeport Road Bridge (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)
Built ca. 1885, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Pony truss bridge over Anderson Creek on TR 206
Closed to all traffic

Buffalo Bridges (White County, Indiana)
also known as, 1881
Lost pair of through truss bridges over Tippecanoe River on SR16
Replaced by new bridge

Buffalo Bridges (White County, Indiana)
Built 1881, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost pair of through truss bridges over Tippecanoe River on SR16
Replaced by new bridge

Carlton Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1888
Through truss bridge over French Creek on SR 1015 (New Lebanon Road)
Currently being moved to Michigan for refurbishment and then on to its new home in New Jersey

Carlton Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
successors to, 1888, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Through truss bridge over French Creek on SR 1015 (New Lebanon Road)
Currently being moved to Michigan for refurbishment and then on to its new home in New Jersey

Carlton Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1888, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over French Creek on SR 1015 (New Lebanon Road)
Currently being moved to Michigan for refurbishment and then on to its new home in New Jersey

Carson Road (Rt.269) Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
also known as, 1879
Pony truss bridge over Little Schenck Creek on Carson Road (269)
No longer exists

Carson Road (Rt.269) Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
Built 1879, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Pony truss bridge over Little Schenck Creek on Carson Road (269)
No longer exists

Coal Bank Hill Bridge (1881) (Hardin County, Iowa)
Built 1881, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Iowa River on Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Columbia Bridge (Franklin County, Kansas)
also known as, 1880
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on what appears to be a former alignment of Labette Road.
Lost

Columbia Bridge (Franklin County, Kansas)
Built 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on what appears to be a former alignment of Labette Road.
Lost

County Road 616 Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) Bridge (Lee County, Virginia)
probable builder)(successors to, 1986-89, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Warren through truss bridge over Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) on County Road 616
Open to traffic

County Road 616 Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) Bridge (Lee County, Virginia)
Built 1986-89, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Warren through truss bridge over Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) on County Road 616
Open to traffic

County Road 616 Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) Bridge (Lee County, Virginia)
AKA, 1986-89
Warren through truss bridge over Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) on County Road 616
Open to traffic

Crescent Bridge (Belmont County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1883, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wheeling Creek on Crescent Road
No longer exists

Crescent Bridge (Belmont County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1883
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wheeling Creek on Crescent Road
No longer exists

Darden Road Bridge (Old) (St. Joseph County, Indiana)
also known as, 1880
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Darden Road
No longer exists

Darden Road Bridge (Old) (St. Joseph County, Indiana)
Built 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Darden Road
No longer exists

Dayton View Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1871 &1885
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Miami River near Monument Ave. Bridge location
No longer exists

Dayton View Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1871 &1885, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Miami River near Monument Ave. Bridge location
No longer exists

Dayton View Covered Bridge (1854) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1854, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Bridge over Miami River near present Monument Ave. Bridge location
No longer exists

Dayton View Covered Bridge (1854) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1854
Lost Bridge over Miami River near present Monument Ave. Bridge location
No longer exists

Dayton View Covered Bridge (1854) (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1854, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over Miami River near present Monument Ave. Bridge location
No longer exists

Dayton Wire Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1857, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Cable-stayed bridge over Miami & Erie Canal on South Main Street
No longer exists

Dayton Wire Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1857
Lost Cable-stayed bridge over Miami & Erie Canal on South Main Street
No longer exists

Devilbiss Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
successors to, 1889, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Monocacy River on Devilbiss Bridge Road
No longer exists

Devilbiss Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Built 1889, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Monocacy River on Devilbiss Bridge Road
No longer exists

Devilbiss Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
also known as, 1889
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Monocacy River on Devilbiss Bridge Road
No longer exists

Dry Run Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
also known as, 1880
Lost Bridge over Dry Run
No longer exists

Dry Run Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Built 1880, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over Dry Run
No longer exists

Duncan Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Possible Fabricator, 1886, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on County Road 200 West
Replaced by a new bridge

Elkhart Avenue Bridge (Elkhart County, Indiana)
also known as, ca. 1874
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St Joseph River on former Elkhart Avenue.
Replaced by a new bridge

Elkhart Avenue Bridge (Elkhart County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1874, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St Joseph River on former Elkhart Avenue.
Replaced by a new bridge

English Bridge (1875) (Defiance County, Ohio)
Built 1875, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Auglaize River on Harding Road
Replaced by a new bridge

English Bridge (1875) (Defiance County, Ohio)
also known as, 1875
Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Auglaize River on Harding Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Findlay Street Hydraulic Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Hydraulic Canal on Findlay Street
No longer exists

Findlay Street Hydraulic Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
As D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Hydraulic Canal on Findlay Street
No longer exists

Findlay Street-Mad River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
successors to, 1889, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Mad River on Findlay Street
No longer exists

Findlay Street-Mad River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
AKA, 1889
Lost Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Mad River on Findlay Street
No longer exists

Findlay Street-Mad River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1889, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Mad River on Findlay Street
No longer exists

Fort Winchester Bridge (Defiance County, Ohio)
AKA, 1881
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Auglaize River on 2nd Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Fort Winchester Bridge (Defiance County, Ohio)
Built 1881, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Auglaize River on 2nd Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Fulton Farm Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
also known as
Through truss bridge over Lost Creek on Ebberts Rd
Intact but now on private road

Fulton Farm Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
As D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over Lost Creek on Ebberts Rd
Intact but now on private road

Gallman Road Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
also known as, 1887
Through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on a pedestrian trail in Newark
Open to pedestrians only

Gallman Road Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
successors to, 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on a pedestrian trail in Newark
Open to pedestrians only

Gallman Road Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Built 1887, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on a pedestrian trail in Newark
Open to pedestrians only

Garden Hill Road Bridge (Athens County, Ohio)
also known as, ca.1870's
Iron truss bridge over Middle Branch Shade River on Garden Hill Road (TR 77)
Closed to all traffic

Garden Hill Road Bridge (Athens County, Ohio)
Built ca.1870's, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Iron truss bridge over Middle Branch Shade River on Garden Hill Road (TR 77)
Closed to all traffic

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01 (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1865, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Covered bridge over Little Twin Creek on E. Center St.. in Germantown
Open to pedestrians only

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01 (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1865
Covered bridge over Little Twin Creek on E. Center St.. in Germantown
Open to pedestrians only

Gordon Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
also known as, ca. 1870's
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Big Blue River on Old Marion Road (Now Morristown Rd.)
Replaced by a new bridge

Gordon Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1870's, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Big Blue River on Old Marion Road (Now Morristown Rd.)
Replaced by a new bridge

Hays Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Built 1887
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 675 East
Open to traffic

Hays Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
successors to, 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 675 East
Open to traffic

Howard Street Kokosing River Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
Built 1874
Lost through truss bridge over Kokosing River on Howard Street (old CR 35)
No longer exists

Hyndman Bridge (Bedford County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1882
Lost wrought-iron through truss bridge over Little Wills Creek on Schellsburg Street (TR 350) in Hyndman
Replaced by new bridge

Hyndman Bridge (Bedford County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1882, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost wrought-iron through truss bridge over Little Wills Creek on Schellsburg Street (TR 350) in Hyndman
Replaced by new bridge

Iron Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1860s1870s, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Bridge over Lehman Run on Iron Bridge Road
Replaced by new bridge

Iron Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1860s1870s
Lost Bridge over Lehman Run on Iron Bridge Road
Replaced by new bridge

Iron Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1860s1870s, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over Lehman Run on Iron Bridge Road
Replaced by new bridge

Jefferson Street Canal Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1856, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bridge over Canal on Jefferson Street
No longer exists

Jefferson Street Canal Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1856
Lost Bridge over Canal on Jefferson Street
No longer exists

Jeffersonville Road Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Built 1878
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Jeffersonville Road.
Replaced by a new bridge

John Diehl Ditch Bridge (De Kalb County, Indiana)
based on finial and portal design) (successors to, ca. 1887, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over John Diehl Ditch on South Road
Replaced by a new bridge

John Diehl Ditch Bridge (De Kalb County, Indiana)
also known as, ca. 1887
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over John Diehl Ditch on South Road
Replaced by a new bridge

John Diehl Ditch Bridge (De Kalb County, Indiana)
Built ca. 1887, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over John Diehl Ditch on South Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Keowee Street Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
successors to, 1884, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Miami River on Keowee Street
No longer exists

Keowee Street Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Built 1884, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Miami River on Keowee Street
No longer exists

Keowee Street Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
also known as, 1884
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Miami River on Keowee Street
No longer exists

Kokosing River Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
Built 1879
Lost Bridge over Kokosing River
No longer exists

Lackawaxen Bridge at Prompton (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
successors to, 1885, as Columbia Bridge Co.
Pratt pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen river
Replaced by a new bridge

Lackawaxen Bridge at Prompton (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1885, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Pratt pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen river
Replaced by a new bridge

Lackawaxen Bridge at Prompton (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1885
Pratt pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen river
Replaced by a new bridge

Lewiston Road Bridge (1st) (Mifflin County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1874
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Juniata River on Market Street
No longer exists

Lewiston Road Bridge (1st) (Mifflin County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1874, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Juniata River on Market Street
No longer exists

Lock One Park Morrison Bridge (Auglaize County, Ohio)
Built 1864, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Miami and Erie Canal in New Bremen
Open to pedestrians only

Lukins Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Built 1879
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lick Creek on County Road 300 West
Collapsed. Replaced by new bridge.

Main Street Basin Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1874, as D.H. & C.C. Morrison
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
No longer exists

Main Street Basin Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
also known as, 1874
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lackawaxen River on Main Street
No longer exists