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South Main Street Bridge


Late 1880s view

Digitally altered to visually reduce the distraction from wear and and tear to the original print. Source image in link.

Photo digitally altered by Art S. in September 2021


View this photo at trumbullmemory.org

BH Photo #507539


Large through bowstring with a late 1880s Columbia Bridge Co. Pratt through truss. The Pratt was likely a replacement for a prior span; probably a bowstring. The bowstring was replaced by two girder ponies with the addition of a pier. Once this occurred, the Pratt became the largest span.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mahoning River on South Main Street
Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built about 1887 (based on design ques) by Columbia Bridge Co., replaced 1918
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio (successors to) [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Pratt through truss with two vertical endpost pratt ponies (bedstead?) approach spans. Approach spans replaced by plate girder spans prior to 1909.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.22923, -80.81972   (decimal degrees)
41°13'45" N, 80°49'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/515109/4564220 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 70788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: added and rearranged pictures added to description
  • February 3, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • July 4, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 13, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • February 5, 2016: Added by Art Suckewer

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South Main Street Bridge
Posted July 4, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I'm not sure that the new (first) picture is the same crossing but, if it is, the four pictures show a progression of three configurations. It would be neat to find an all bowstring version showing the span that was replaced by the Columbia Bridge Works Pratt!

Also, if all of the images are of the same crossing, when should the site do a new entry? My concern with breaking this into three is that it would actually be less coherent than if its kept together.


Art S.