3 votes

Bigelow Bridge


Photo taken by Doug Kerr


BH Photo #178175

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in Springville
Cattaraugus County, New York, and Erie County, New York
Bypassed, but restored and open to pedestrians
Built 1928
Riveted Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 196.9 ft.
Total length: 199.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Cattaraugus Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.49579, -78.64061   (decimal degrees)
42°29'45" N, 78°38'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/693879/4707522 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashford Hollow
Inventory numbers
NY 3060570 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 25811 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 13, 2016: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 31, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Painted blue"
  • January 25, 2014: Updated by CANALLER: Added Info.
  • September 19, 2010: New photos from Doug Kerr
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.
  • August 2, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Common name



Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I like lacing and built up members but these have some elegant, clean lines and their own aesthetic appeal. We should preserve them all!

Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another example... And one of my favs:


Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Clark: Solid (ie rolled not built-up) beams on 1920s truss: Common? No. Other examples? Yes. Here are a few.





Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 13, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately there are always going to be idiots with spray paint that haven't been raised to have any respect.

Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 13, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein (danakchert [at] verizon [dot] net)

Any suggestions for removing spray paint. Thanks!

Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 13, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Based only on what I've seen, I have come to associate solid members with bridges built after the '20s. Are there other bridges from this time period with similar construction?

Bigelow Bridge
Posted August 12, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Please add more photos of this beauty!

This is truly an Interesting bridge!

Bigelow Bridge
Posted April 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a real beauty!

The center "Upper-chord" is very unique and even more unusual! Surprising to see it laced considering how all the other main components are solid members. An effort to keep the weight down I presume.

Hats off to the county and state preserving this gem!!

Cattaraugus Creek Bridge
Posted August 2, 2009, by Doug Kerr (dougtone [at] gribblenation [dot] net)

Also known as the Bigelow Bridge, this bridge is no longer open to traffic and has been bypassed by a modern bridge on NY Route 240. NYSDOT did not replace the bridge, rather they made it a historical site and a fishing bridge. Photos taken October 2008.