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Capital Crescent Trail - C&O Canal Bridge


Photo taken by M.V. Jantzen

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

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BH Photo #235374


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According to railroad historians and railroad blueprints, the Whipple span of this two-span bridge originally was built in 1885 at Ridley Creek, Ridley Park, Pa. (southwest of Philadelphia), and was relocated to this location in 1909 when it was replaced with a deck truss span.


Whipple through truss and Pratt through truss bridge over Canal & Arizona Avenue on Capital Crescent Trail (formerly B&O Railroad)
Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia
Open to pedestrians
Originally built for the Baltimore & Ohio RR at Ridley Creek, Ridley Park, Pa. (southwest of Philadelphia); dismantled and rebuilt by the B&O at this location 1909, converted to trail use in 1992
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Whipple span)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
Whipple and Pratt through spans
Length of largest span: 223.0 ft.
Total length: 342.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.92476, -77.10733   (decimal degrees)
38°55'29" N, 77°06'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/317320/4310538 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington West
Inventory number
BH 50184 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • February 19, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Name corrected; crosses Canal Road, not Arizona Avenue
  • February 18, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Additional history and photo added
  • April 6, 2013: New photos from Andy Peters
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 17, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • November 13, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • November 13, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Andy Peters - anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Capital Crescent Trail Canal Road Overpass
Posted February 20, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Read the description; that's exactly what happened.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this was really a railroad bridge I think it would be hard to even consider the Pratt a 1909 structure, let alone the Whipple. By 1909, railroad bridges were far more massive than this. Could this be a bridge relocated and reused in this place in 1909?

Either way, an excellent find, I was unaware of this rare bridge in DC.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge looks to be much older than dated.

The Pratt could be 1909 but the Whipple would be pre-1900.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by J.P.

Bridge has a curve built it. Not sure of the builder though. Here is a image from the deck where you can see the curve. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/248793397/