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Napier Bridge

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Napier Bridge

The Herald-Press: May 27 1965

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BH Photo #450678

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Description 

Pan American won this contract for $18,489 and completed the bridge in July of 1905. Although one article describes the main trusses as Camelback they are actually Parker trusses and each span had 12-17.5 ft. panels.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Parker through truss bridge over St. Joseph River & Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad on Napier Avenue
Location
Fair Plain, Berrien County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1905 by the Pan American Bridge Company; replaced in 1966
Builder
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana
Design
(2)12-panel, pinned Parker through trusses
(1)5-panel Pratt pony approach span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 490.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.08849, -86.47471   (decimal degrees)
42°05'19" N, 86°28'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543443/4659734 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Benton Harbor
Inventory number
BH 67607 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified some information.
  • October 31, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 29, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added length and other stuff.
  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Build year 1905, per multiple articles both here and in predecessor
  • June 24, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 16, 2015: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Luke
  • MI GenWeb - Berrien County - Image
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Napier Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony ! This was an interesting project.