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Findlay Street-Mad River Bridge


CBW Warren Through with lattice portals!

Adding to the CBW design library - Pin Connected Warren Through!

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #465515



Lost Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Mad River on Findlay Street
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
No longer exists
June 1888 bid opening suggests 1889 completion - one of, if not, the last CBW bridge!
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
2 Span, Pin Connected, Warren through truss with alternating verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.77486, -84.16005   (decimal degrees)
39°46'30" N, 84°09'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/743229/4406627 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88020 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: tweaked the builder names
  • February 2, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 1, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Confirmed builder iteration and build date based on Melissa's 6/1888 bid opening find.


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Findlay Street Bridge (Mad River)
Posted February 1, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A bizarre rarity for sure Art!

Pinned Warrens were not plentiful. It was found that excessive wear could occur on the pins due to the natural forces of a live load crossing. The building of Warren through trusses all but ceased until riveting and gusset plates gave them a new lease on life.

The design, weather built as an experiment on CBW's part or at the bequest of local officials exhibits some oddities that I will be surprised if we find repeated elsewhere!

The bridge lasted until 1926 when it was replaced by a concrete arch structure.

*And yes Art, I did blow the photo up to confirm CBW! ;-p

At first glance in an old fuzzy pic the plaque also kind of resembles a Groton design (In my humble opinion) and the portal bracing was certainly more in line with some of their spans. Groton did sprinkle an occasional bridge here and there, so the possibility that they could have snuck in an stole a contract (especially given the internal problems I believe were starting to fester at the hometown firm) was not out of the question. I am indeed glad it was a CBW and it just adds another chapter to their unique story!

Findlay Street Bridge (Mad River)
Posted February 1, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)



If June 1888 bid opening is accurate, this is one of the, if not the last Morrison bridge. It would be made by Columbia Bridge Co.


Art S.

Findlay Street Bridge (Mad River)
Posted February 1, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Bids were opened June 1888; cannot find documentation of the builder

Findlay Street Bridge (Mad River)
Posted February 1, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Have you ever seen a CBW / Morrison product like this? And yes, that is the traditional CBW / CBCo. plaque on top of the lattice portal!

Now if Melissa can find info on this one...


Art S.