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Milford Bridge (1894)

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Milford Bridge (Old)

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BH Photo #502113

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Little Miami River on Water Street
Location
Milford, Clermont County, Ohio, and Hamilton County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1894 after previous covered bridge was lost; replaced 1924 by Pennsylvania truss
Builders
- Brackett Bridge Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio (Possible Fabricator)
- Lomas Forge & Bridge Works of Cincinnati, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
Railroads
- Cincinnati & Chillicothe Traction Co.
- Interurban
Design
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17170, -84.29827   (decimal degrees)
39°10'18" N, 84°17'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/733399/4339307 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93803 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added Hamilton County to locations as bridge crossed a county line
  • January 23, 2022: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • January 23, 2022: Updated by Luke: Added railroad info from HAER report on sucessor span
  • January 22, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added build date per HAER doc for replacement bridge
  • January 19, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type and approximate build date
  • July 29, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Paul Plassman
  • Luke
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 24, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

I was likewise surprised '13 didn't do it in. I would say it had a lot to do with the abutment damage that was described.

The situation with the tracks immediately made me think of Kellogg, with the plans for the IR&T that apparently never came to fruition.

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 24, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

It looks like floods were the main culprit...to be honest, I'm kind of surprised it survived 1913!

Interestingly, the HAER report says the interurban company folded in 1920, yet the 1924 span incorporated interurban tracks. Apparently no one realized that the interurban era was done....my guess is the tracks on the 1924 bridge were never used.

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 23, 2022, by Luke

The HAER report explains everything...

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 23, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I've never come across anything about the short lifespan for this structure. Could increased traffic volume have necessitated a change in 1924?

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 23, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Looks like an interurban used this bridge according to HAER.

Interesting portal shots! I can't say I've seen a bridge with triple portals like that before.

Milford Bridge (Old)
Posted January 23, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Some interesting before and after shots of both steel bridges.

Is it me, or does it look like some type of tracks crossing them?