Dayton Wire Bridge
Colorized and cropped
Reflection due to being behind glass. Photo by Steve K. posted with permission.
Photo uploaded by Art S.
BH Photo #499296
Found with the help of Steve K. and the Morrison family. I had been aware of a rumored suspension bridge built in the 1850s by Morrison/CBW and a later connection with the Roeblings. However, remarkably little evidence existed beyond vague rumors.
The likely reason it was 'hidden' was because it was on Main Street in Dayton but not over the river instead it was over the canal on South Main Street!
While it follows the Roebling stayed/suspension pattern, it is different. The stayed cables are the primary support structure, not the suspension cables. This more closely resembles some period and prior spans in Scotland and France (see Bridgemiester). It would be interesting to learn if John Roebling was involved in this bridge in any way.
The other interesting aspect is the strong skew! About 30 degrees.
- Lost Cable-stayed bridge over Miami & Erie Canal on South Main Street
- Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
- No longer exists
- Designed and built in 1857 still standing in 1892. Probably gone before the 1913 floods that closed the canal.
- - Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
- David H. Morrison
A combination of wire suspension & radiating cable stayed similar to Roebling but the radiating stayed cables are dominant. Also the bridge had a significant skew - at least 30 degrees.
- Also called
- Morrison's Rigid Suspension Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.75112, -84.18952 (decimal degrees)
39°45'04" N, 84°11'22" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/740788/4403912 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 93254 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 3, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: fixed typo in the description
- May 23, 2021: New photos from Art Suckewer
- May 20, 2021: New photos from Art Suckewer
- Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com