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Main Street Two Bridges

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BH Photo #466434

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Description 

An interesting pair of bridges, with a bowstring pony truss for vehicular traffic, and a smaller pony for pedestrians. While numerous photograph postcards can be found online, I have been unable to gather any information concerning when they were built, who built them, and when they were replaced. It was only recently that I was able to pin-point their location accurately. The extant bridge at this location carries a date of 1951, but it is unlikely the old truss bridges survived that long.

Facts 

Overview
Lost bowstring pony truss bridge over Wachocastinook Creek on Main Street in Salisbury
Location
Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Also called
Wachocastinook Creek Bridge
Salisbury Bridges
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98066, -73.42332   (decimal degrees)
41°58'50" N, 73°25'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/630617/4648830 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88332 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • February 24, 2020: New photos from Chester Gehman

Sources 

  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Main Street Two Bridges
Posted February 10, 2021, by Art Suckewer (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another bridge of the same design:

https://bridgehunter.com/ct/hartford/percival-avenue/

Main Street Two Bridges
Posted February 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's definitely a bowstring pony! And it likely does date from the 1850's-60's. A real beauty!

Main Street Two Bridges
Posted February 10, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Also, my guess is its from the 1850s.

Main Street Two Bridges
Posted February 10, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Chester,

The pedestrian bridge is nice but that bowstring is spectacular!!! (I don't think its a Parker because the upper chord is a continuous arc.

However, more importantly, it's a non-Whipple based, segmented, CAST IRON bowstring. Absolutely amazing!

Regards,

Art S.