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Dumbarton Bridge


Side view

Photo taken Spring 1993 by Jack E. Boucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #101635


Street Views 


Five-span concrete arch bridge over Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on Q Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia
Open to traffic
Built 1915; rehabilitated 2000
- A. Phimister Proctor (Sculptor of the Buffalos)
- A.E. Guidane (Contractor)
- D.E. McComb (Engineer)
- Glenn Brown (Architect)
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 265.1 ft.
Deck width: 33.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973
Also called
Q Street Bridge
Buffalo Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91076, -77.05115   (decimal degrees)
38°54'39" N, 77°03'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/322156/4308873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington West
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
DC 117 (District of Columbia bridge number)
NRHP 73002080 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 12262 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • January 23, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: changes primary name to Dumbarton Bridge; adds link to short history of the bridge
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited builde's section.
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Andy Peters: Adds names of architect, engineer, contractor and buffalo sculptor; adds date of NR listing; adds NRHP record number.
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 16, 2010: Updated by Bob Morgan: added map marker
  • February 1, 2010: New photo from Daniel McFarland
  • September 15, 2006: Posted HAER photos



Dumbarton Bridge
Posted February 11, 2017, by Pam Anderson (bluedandy1 [at] aol [dot] com)

I've heard that sometime during the late '20's or early '30's someone cut the tails off the buffalo on the bridge. Do you know anything about that?