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Whittlesey Road Bridge

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The Whittlesey Bridge

Courtesy Lyons Falls History Facebook page via Amy

BH Photo #492995

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Description 

The Whittlesey Road Bridge carried vehicle traffic across the Black River in the Town of Grieg (north of Lyons Falls). The bridge no longer exists. All that remains is part of the pier in the middle of the river, and parts of the original abutments on either side. Some of the remains are visible from the satellite view. I think the remains are on private property I have been unable to locate a photograph of this bridge, nor have I been able to determine when the bridge was built, or when it was destroyed. According to the newspaper articles described below, the bridge may have been "rebuilt" a number of times. This bridge is mentioned in an article published on September 7, 1976 in the Watertown Daily Times. The article was about unique bridges in and around Saint Lawrence County New York. Following is the part of the article that pertains to the Whittlesey Road Bridge:

"In St.Lawrence County there are bowstring truss bridges from Coakley's Island over the Grasse River in the Town of Canton which was built in 1875 and the Spile Ridge Road over the outlet to Black Lake in the Towns of DePeyster and Oswegatchie which was constructed in 1874, Mr. Boettinger said.

These bridges are two of three known surviving New York examples of the King tubular arch truss. The bridge on the Spile Ridge Road is the only surviving New York multiple-span example of that type truss. Both structures were built by the King firm of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Boettinger said that the third bridge in St. Lawrence County was the high parabolic-truss in the Town of Norfolk, the span measuring 290 feet. In Lewis County, two of five known surviving examples built after the basic 1841 Whipple patent are located on the WHITTLESEY ROAD over the Black River in the Town of Greig and on the Cheese Factory Road over the Sugar River in the Town of Leyden. Both are segmented and bowstring truss bridges. The third bridge is a Whipple-Murphy Truss over the Sugar River in the Town of West Turin. This bridge, thought to have been been bought from a railroad, uses patented "Phoenix" columns for main compression members. No dates of construction for these three structures have been established."

Following are other bits of information I could find about this bridge:

1879:

The following article was published in the Carthage New York Republican on July 2, 1879:

"The Whittlesey bridge on Black river is to be rebuilt this season to the extent of two spans, including the draw bridge, so says the superintendent of public works."

1893:

The following article was published in numerous New York newspapers in 1893 describing State funds being appropriated for the "repair" of the Whittlesey Road Bridge.

"Section 1. The sum of ten thousand dollars or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of rebuilding the two span that burned in eighteen hundred and ninety-two, of the State bridge crossing Black river at Castorland, and for rebuilding the drawbridge crossing the same river at Greig, known as the WHITTLESEY BRIDGE and westerly approach thereto."

1915:

The following article was published in the Utica Herald-Dispatch on Saturday March 6, 1915:

"Boonville. March 6 —Anthony Sebastian, aged 25 years,of this village, fell from a new iron bridge in the construction of which he was engaged, known as the Whittlesey bridge, between Lyon Falls and Greig today and was drowned. He was seen by fellow workmen to fall and as speedily as possible they went to his assistance, throwing him a rope. The water is deep and the current swift, however, and it was impossible to save him. A search was begun for his body. It has not been recovered."

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Black River on Whittlesey Road
Location
Lewis County, New York
Status
Demolished
Builder
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Designer)
Design
Whipple Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.65201, -75.37099   (decimal degrees)
43°39'07" N, 75°22'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/470082/4833290 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89938 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Bowstring pony truss (296)
Bowstring truss (574)
Lewis County, New York (60)
Lost (26,148)
New York (4,651)
Pony truss (16,521)
Squire Whipple (43)
Truss (33,702)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 15, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
  • July 12, 2020: Added by Mike Niethe

Sources 

  • Mike Niethe - michaelniethe [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Whittlesey Road Bridge
Posted March 15, 2021, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

THANKS FOR POSTING THIS PHOTO. THIS BRIDGE HAS A POSTING ON HAER. AT THE TIME OF THE HAER VISIT THE WHIPPLE ARCH (BOWSTRING TRUSS) HAD COLLAPSED.

I HOPE SOMEONE WILL ADD THE HAER PHOTOS TO THE BRIDGE HUNTER PAGE.

ALSO I THINK THE EAST SPAN HAS BEEN FILLED IN.

Whittlesey Road Bridge
Posted March 15, 2021, by Amy (Chefgagliardi [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lyons Falls History page on Facebook has this photo posted of this bridge.