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Lower Trenton Bridge (1806)


Trenton Bridge viewed from PA

Photo uploaded by Art S

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BH Photo #351194


Very nice write-up here: http://www.structuremag.org/?p=1713


Lost Tied Arch Covered Bridge over Delaware River
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1804-1806; widened and railroad tracks added 1839 (some info says 1835)
- Theodore Burr of Torrington, Connecticut (Aaron's cousin)
- Philadelphia & Trenton Railroad (PT)
Covered wooden tied arch with iron tension members
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 1,100.0 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.21043, -74.76900   (decimal degrees)
40°12'38" N, 74°46'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/519657/4451139 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Trenton West
Inventory numbers
WGCB 30-11-05X / 38-09-48X (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 71685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 24, 2020: New photos from Art Suckewer
  • December 31, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • September 27, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added category "Tied Arch"
  • September 26, 2016: Updated by Dave King: Added length, span length, width & category "Philadelphia & Trenton Railroad"
  • April 3, 2016: Added by ArtS

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Posted September 30, 2016, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)
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Posted September 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The early tied arch bridges were massive and indeed usually kinda odd looking. The lack of a straight upper chord led to some very creative ways to roof the structure. And from what I have read they were a nightmare to dismantle.

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Posted September 27, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It was probably one of the earliest substantial use of iron in an American bridge... and most certainly an oddball bridge to be sure...

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Posted April 4, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

So Nathan,

This one is a bit or a conundrum, it's a wood covered bridge but it has a unique design that is essentially a bowstring with wood compression and iron tension members. Is this the long lost missing link or is it an abomination? :^)


Art S.