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Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge

Photos 

Old Monacacy River Bridge abutments

Looking NW from east end

Photo taken by Alexander D. Mitchell IV in April 2010

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BH Photo #197730

Description 

Former bridge's abutments survive upstream from current Rt 144 bridge

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Monocacy River on former National Road
Location
Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland
Status
Collapsed in 1942 and replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1808; Jug or demijohn is preserved at 1501 E Patrick St
Builder
- Leonard Harbaugh
Dimensions
Total length: 425.5 ft.
Also called
Jug Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.39916, -77.36615   (decimal degrees)
39°23'57" N, 77°21'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/296255/4363743 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Walkersville
Inventory number
BH 48660 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 9, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 11, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 4, 2011: Updated by James Gonzalski: Added alternate bridge name and updated year built and year lost.
  • April 19, 2011: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • James Gonzalski
  • HABS MD-488 - Jug Bridge, Frederick Road spanning Monacacy River, Frederick vicinity, Frederick, MD
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge
Posted November 9, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pages merged.

Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge
Posted November 9, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Nathan- This bridge and Jug Bridge BH 88480 are duplicates and should be merged.

Jug Bridge
Posted September 30, 2021, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a shame this bridge collapsed. It would have been nice to see it still standing and preserved as a pedestrian bridge.

Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge
Posted November 26, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The "jug" sculpture was moved to a location adjacent to the interchange of Md. 144 and I-70 on the east side of Frederick.

Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

I just know it was demolished in 1942 after one of the arches collapsed. It was replaced by the open spandrel which you can see next to the more modern steel bridge on Google Streetview.

Old National Road Monacacy River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2013, by Dave (dpotiuk2gmail [dot] com)

Anyone know what happened to the "Jug"?