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Five Span Bridge

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Five Span Bridge

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BH Photo #510883

Description 

The original bridge here appears to have been a Whipple truss, two spans of which were destroyed by ice in 1912.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1912-13 by the Oregonia Bridge Co. Three spans were destroyed by the flood of 1913 while under construction and replaced. One Whipple truss span was retained for the new bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt/Whipple through truss bridge over Auglaize River on OH-637
Location
Junction, Paulding County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Four spans built 1912-1913 by Oregonia Bridge Co.; demolished 1983; replaced 1984 by steel stringer bridge
Builders
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Likely builder of the Whipple span)
Design
Five-span, pin-connected through truss with 1 Whipple and 4 Pratt spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.19426, -84.44519   (decimal degrees)
41°11'39" N, 84°26'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/714240/4563468 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94723 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2021: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 27, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added WIBCo as possible builder
  • October 27, 2021: Updated by Luke: Removed category "Wrought Iron Bridge Co." (MY oops)
  • October 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 14, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Paul Plassman
  • Potpourri : The Five-Span Bridge - Information about history and builders
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Before I realized that one span was different I assumed the WIBCo plaque was unrelated, but now that you mention it, it is possible/likely that it belonged with the older Whipple span.

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Luke

Now that I look at it closer, that's probably where the WIBCO plaque comes into play.

And yes, as always, great work on Melissa's part.

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Melissa,

Great work!

So it looks like at least three spans of this bridge dated from 1913, with perhaps the exception of one of the end spans which had a 1912 plaque on it.

Another thing I hadn't noticed before was that in the elevation view in the blog, the left-most span was a Whipple truss while the others were Pratts, and the portal was different as well. Probably this span was from the original bridge that got partially wrecked in 1912.

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The Tribune: March 27 1913

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The Cincinnati Enquirer: March 20 1912

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Paul, I'd like to look into this.

Five Span Bridge
Posted October 27, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Twist: According to this article, the Five Span Bridge was washed out in the 1913 flood, which contradicts the information in the source link that the bridge was built in 1912.....maybe it was only partially wrecked?

https://www.facebook.com/PauldingCounty200/photos/a.42128044...