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Whites Ridge Road Bridge


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Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2008

BH Photo #405296



Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork Tenmile Creek on TR 515 (Whites Ridge Road)
Greene County, Pennsylvania
Built 1877 by the Massillon Bridge Co.
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pinned Pratt variant that features double-intersecting counters, where Whipple trusses feature double-intersecting diagonals. The Wrought Iron Bridge Company version of this truss has been referred to as a Hammond Truss, but this is the only known example built by another firm.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.89754, -80.19794   (decimal degrees)
39°53'51" N, 80°11'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/568566/4416692 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42916 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2009: Added by James Baughn


Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan,thanks for the information about whether this bridge was constructed out of steel or iron.I worked in a refinery but i melted copper,not steel or iron so i don't know which would corrode first being steel or iron.Weird that this bridge is located next to a scrap yard,huh?

Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Who even thought this bridge was steel? Its a cast and wrought iron truss and one of the oldest and most unique truss bridges in the state. In case you missed it in the links list, full coverage of this bridge is at HistoricBridges.org http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=pe...

The bridge is right next to a scrap metal facility. What could possibly go wrong?

Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

With a construction date of 1877, this one is likely wrought iron as opposed to steel. Wrought iron generally does not rust out as much as steel does, so complete section loss might not be a problem. Better yet, this one has not received road salt in years, if ever.

From my experience, falling trees, flooding streams, crumbling pylons, and scrapping thieves are bigger threats to wrought iron bridges than rust.

Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Robert for responding.By looking at google satellite it looks like it's still there.Hopefully if it's not too rusted or worn out it can be saved by preserving it.

Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reply to George:

I know that this is an old thread, but according to Google Earth, this one was still standing as of May 2016. This is an extremely significant bridge. I would suggest that it be considered of prime importance for preservation.

Whites Ridge Road Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned bridge?please let me know.Thanks.