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Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)

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early 1900s image (pre March 25, 1913)

Text from Seneca County Historical Society facebook page accompanying the image:

Lester Caldwell, operator of Streetcar #9, owns the distinction of being the last streetcar across the Perry Street Bridge before it collapsed into the river during the 1913 flood.

The weather in late March 1913 was nothing like Tiffin had seen before. A constant rain was causing the Sandusky River to rise and it was clear that there was an imminent flood danger coming soon. The water level of the Sandusky River got high enough to where the water was actually flowing several inches above the deck of several bridges in Tiffin. Incredibly, there were people who were actually running and riding bicycles across Tiffin’s bridges, hoping to earn the title of the “last person across the bridge” before the bridge would collapse.

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #512788

Facts 

Overview
Lost Hammond through truss bridge over Sandusky River on Perry Street
Location
Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Lost in the great flood March 25, 1913
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Hammond through truss (I think, note the rigging of the center panels)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11549, -83.18007   (decimal degrees)
41°06'56" N, 83°10'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/316967/4553868 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95275 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • November 28, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer

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Comments 

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 30, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I removed all but 1 1/2 paragraphs of the text, leaving only what was directly related to the bridge and flood.

Regarding text copyright, I believe citing the source and keeping it verbatim is the correct way of doing it.

Art S.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Luke,

That is a good point, text is copyrighted too, another reason to not just copy and paste entire sections of text (versus quoting a paragraph or two with citation).

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Luke

Yes, I hold no opposition to relevant texts being posted as essays. I do suggest that only blurbs or rewritten (To avoid plagiarism/copyright infringement.) segments be posted.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think considering the design of the website, the intended location for long pieces of text like this was as an Essay rather than a photo caption.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Wow....pre-1913, that's seven truss bridges within a half-mile stretch of the Sandusky River (Market, Perry, Monroe, Washington, and the three RR spans)!! Makes me want to go back in time....

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Er...while they don't belong as captions, at least one of them would work as an Essay, yes?

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interestingly, the first image of this bridge and the one Paul posted of Market Street have the same post and plants in the foreground, giving you a sense of how close together the bridges were. I suspect both pictures were taken at the same time, but that's speculation.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

That's a fair point regarding the mobile app. I didn't consider that. I'll consider paring it down on that basis.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Luke

Multiple paragraphs that have no relevance to the bridge don't belong, and I believe most others will agree when they see that the massive walls of text mess up site layout/make it so mobile users now have to now scroll past them to get to the ACTUALLY RELEVANT information.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Luke,

I'm assuming this was your anonymous post.

1. I wanted to bring over the entire entry.

2. To you no. To others it may provide a sense of place as well as encouraging others to visit the historical society from where the images came.

Art S.

Perry Street Bridge (Pre 1913)
Posted November 29, 2021, by Anonymous

I don't think the picture caption adds anything to the entry, as it has little to do to the bridge.