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MEC - Kennebec River Bridge

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MEC - Kennebec River Bridge

Photo from old postcard

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BH Photo #512114

Description 

Dates for this bridge appear to be questionable.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Kennebec River on Maine Central RR
Location
Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine
Status
Replaced by a new pedestrian bridge
History
Built ca.1880 to replace a deck truss covered bridge; destroyed/damaged by flood 1901; converted to pedestrian bridge 1950; destroyed 1987 by flood and replaced with modern pedestrian bridge
Railroad
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
Design
Originally built as a pinned, two-span, 6-panel Warren deck truss with alternating verticals and a "fishbelly" bottom chord; one span appears to have been replaced later with a riveted, 8-panel Warren deck truss
Also called
Bloomfield Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.76492, -69.71673   (decimal degrees)
44°45'54" N, 69°43'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/443280/4957085 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added dates, history, & categories "Riveted", "Pin-connected", "Destroyed by flood", "Rail-to-trail"
  • November 17, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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Comments 

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

More clashing information & build dates:

https://www.mainememory.net/artifact/9083

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

So I'm a little baffled by the history of this one, which seems to be full of contradictions...basically, here is the story:

Geoff's original postcard view, which is pre-1908, depicts two identical, pinned spans and appears to be the bridge as built around 1880.

The 1916 flood photo from Maine Memory also depicts two identical, pinned spans.

One circa 1890 photo from Maine Memory depicts two identical, pinned spans, while the other shows one pinned span and one heavier, riveted Warren truss with all verticals.

Additionally, the background information on the third image link states that the bridge was washed out in 1901 and replaced (completely/half?)

Some of this information is obviously in error. My theory is that one span washed out in 1901 and was replaced by a heavier riveted span, with the dates on some/all of the images being wrong.