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MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (1874)


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Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Kennebec River on Maine Central Railroad in Waterville.
Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1874 by Clarke, Reeves, & Co.
- Clarke, Reeves & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
Whipple through truss with Phoenix columns
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.54875, -69.62689   (decimal degrees)
44°32'56" N, 69°37'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/450204/4933015 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman
  • February 1, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman



MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Older)
Posted February 2, 2022, by Paul Plassman

It was definitely a neat find for me....I double-checked the list of bridges in the county multiple times to make sure I wasn't duplicating another page because I was surprised something this significant would have escaped notice! I don't believe it lasted long however....it appears a pinned Pratt was erected on this spot within a few decades, and I've found another photo of a Pratt that I believe belongs to this location but haven't nailed down the chronology yet. Either way, this one's definitely a gem!

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Older)
Posted February 2, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow, a Clark Reeves Phoenix column bridge in Maine?! Imagine if a bridge this rare this was still standing today in Maine! Even if it was owned by the railroad, the DOT would probably form a mob of angry engineers who would offer to demolish the bridge for the railroad free of charge!