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Smith Bridge

Photos 

ME-8-1

View west.

Photo by Brian Vanden Brink, June 1993 for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #127725

Description 

Bridge was removed from NRHP April 2, 1993

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Meduxnekeag River (N Br) on Lowery Road in Houlton.
Location
Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1994
Design
"Constructed in 1910 by the Town of Houlton at a cost of $6,310.07, the Smith Bridge is a riveted steel, two-span Warren pony truss with an overall length of 173 feet. It is the second oldest and longest structure of the type known to exist in the State. The structure is significant as an example of early twentieth century bridge building technology in Maine, and as an unaltered representative of a class of steel trusses which have virtually disappeared from the State's highways.

"The Smith Bridge is a two-span, Warren pony truss with rivited connections. Its five panel trusses, each span of which is 86'6" in length and 17 feet in width, rest on concrete abutments and a center pier. Wooden planking forms the deck and an iron lattice is emplyed as a hand rail. The bride is located on Lowery Road in the northern part of the Town of Moulton where it spans the Meduxnekeag River."

Kirk F. Mahoney
Maine Historic Preservation Commission
55 Capitol Street, Station #65
Augusta, Maine 04333-0065

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.5 ft.
Total length: 173.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.18095, -67.80401   (decimal degrees)
46°10'51" N, 67°48'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/592305/5114847 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Houlton North
Inventory numbers
NRHP 93000202 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 38143 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 16, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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