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US Steel Lorain Tubular Operations Black River Bridge


Photo taken by Rona Proudfoot

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #244215

Street Views 


Lake Terminal purchased this bridge from the NKP in 1907


Pratt through truss bridge over Black River on Road
Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio
Built ca 1896
- Lake Terminal Railroad (LT)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
Pratt through truss
Also called
LT - Black River Bridge (Old)
NKP - Black River Bridge (Old)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.44704, -82.10810   (decimal degrees)
41°26'49" N, 82°06'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/407438/4588976 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54724 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • January 5, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • March 18, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • December 2, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type
  • December 2, 2012: Added by Luke Harden



Black River Bridge
Posted January 5, 2018, by Luke

There's now a trail below, with very maximum-security-prison-esque fencing.

Black River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Appears to back up against US Steel Property. U.S. Steel properties are one of the most heaviest secured and guarded facilities in the country. Why, I have no idea. Its not like they are hiding corporate secrets. The process of making steel was made common knowledge back in the 1800s, and the Chinese steal any remaining secrets by hacking you... physical security makes no difference. Anyway, I don't know how to get to this bridge without risking immediate prosecution by US Steel... except by boat, which is where the above photo seems to have come from.

Black River Bridge
Posted December 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A pinned Pratt with counters in all but the outer panels.