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Stark Electric Railway/PRR Overpass


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BH Photo #457589


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pennsylvania Railroad on Stark Electric Railway
Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio
Removed but not replaced
Built 1904
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
- Interurban
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Stark Electric Railway
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.90152, -80.86466   (decimal degrees)
40°54'05" N, 80°51'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/511399/4527834 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (17,369)
Built 1904 (629)
Built during 1900s (7,936)
Columbiana County, Ohio (90)
Detroit Bridge & Iron Works (85)
Interurban (1,056)
Lost (31,795)
Lost 1939 (110)
Lost during 1930s (1,274)
Ohio (5,051)
Pennsylvania Railroad (1,123)
Pin-connected (5,423)
Pratt through truss (6,413)
Pratt truss (10,843)
Railroad (16,990)
Salem, Ohio (1)
Stark Electric Railway (3)
Through truss (19,028)
Timber stringer (4,471)
Truss (38,309)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2022: New photo from Luke
  • October 11, 2019: New photo from Tim Sanders


  • Tim Sanders
  • Luke


Stark Electric Railway/PRR Overpass
Posted May 12, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


That is interesting. Iíve never seen a plaque from that company. I can confirm that the Iowa bridge, with the identical portals, was there by 1905. Itís possible this bridge is completely unrelated in any way to the Iowa bridge, but judging by the financial situation most electric railroads were in, I suspect the spans were purchased from another railroad.

Stark Electric Railway/PRR Overpass
Posted May 12, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Could the bridge have been moved ca. or after 1910 and been replaqued?

The original Detroit company was absorbed into the American Bridge Company in 1900, and reportedly American Bridge ran the Detroit plant until 1903 and then closed it. However, ca. 1910, some of the people associated with the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works formed a new company called Detroit Bridge and Steel Works, with a plant located in River Rouge, Michigan. This company used bridge plaques that had the exact same unique shape and design as the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works plaques. The Detroit Bridge and Steel Works was in turn purchased by another Detroit company, Whitehead and Kales.


Stark Electric Railway/PRR Overpass
Posted May 12, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iím curious about this structure. It sure appears to have a Detroit B&I plaque, but Detroit B&I ceased to exist in 1902. In addition, there are identical spans built 1905 on a bridge in Iowa ( https://bridgehunter.com/ia/polk/inter-urban-trail/ ).

Perhaps these spans are not related, but itís likely that they may have been purchased from a larger railroad from an unknown location. It is known that small electric railroads sometimes did this, moving spans hundreds of miles: