I'm a fan of most of the early builders but you're right, I have a special affinity for CBW. By the 1880s they were oldest bridge company in business. Together with Roebling, the last of the pre-civil war builders. In addition to their age was their innovation and diversity.
- stone arches,
- wood/covered bridges,
- all sorts or innovative iron trusses,
- suspension bridges,
and I have evidence that they built railroad bridges as well as road bridges. In my opinion, they were the most diverse of all bridge builders, exceeding even Bollman.
Considering D.H. Morrison was born in 1817, he was in his mid 60s when he died in 1882. I'm not sure I would consider that to be young for the 1800s.
Although he wasn't young, I think David Morrison's death was untimely for both for him and CBW. The company was spooling up well during the last years of his life. They may have missed a beat as a result of the reorganization caused by his passing. His sons did well and remained innovative throughout the decade but were smaller than King and WIBCo.
I'm not sure if they were stretched thin because they were expanding to compete or another issue but the company wasn't able to survive a major incident, the Mather's Mills tragedy. This seems to have triggered the financial collapse.
I look forward to continuing our quest of long lost history!
Thank you Art for your interest in CBW, and relentlessness in finding some of the answers! They were without doubt one of the most unique and innovative firms of their time, and I expect many more lost spans remain to be found. I've always felt that if David Morrison hadn't died at a relatively young age, his company might well have prospered for much longer than it did. I've been a fan ever since my visit to the Tom's Run Bridge many years ago.
So we'll keep looking for them... and keep the banter going! 😜
And yes, so far your track record is pretty impressive! 😎
Thanks to both of you!
We still need too fill in a lot of details, but a least we're on the right track.
Regards to both,
Art, I'm Thrilled you solved the mystery. Thanks for letting me help. It was fun as always.
And this is why I'm behind in my work and probably won't sleep enough tonight. But it was fun!
Found it in a book called "First Century of Piqua, Ohio"
along with two Columbia Bridge Co.
Must admit, I was quite surprised how accurate my 'educated guess,' based on Melissa's finds, was.
There are a ton of other bridges in the book if someone wants to post them. I'm probably done for the night - 3 CBW confirmations is enough for the day... :^)
Glad I inspired you! 😜