Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pollocks Mill Bridge, Jefferson, PA, Old Iron Bridge in Stringtown, PA and the Pump Station Road Bridge, Near Clarksville, PA

This weekend was a weekend of iron bridge explorations around our Greene County, PA area.
We hope you enjoy the pictures.

Decaying iron bridge remains near Stringtown and over Muddy Creek.



Pollocks Mill Bridge, located on Pollocks Mill Road, was constructed in 1878 by the Massillon Iron Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio.

After visiting the two bridges above, I ran down to the Pump Station Road bridge, outside Clarksville, PA.   This bridge was built in 1902.  The bridge has been shut down for a few years now, and is decaying away, buried in the woods. At one time, there was a mill above the bridge and after that, mining activity.  The following information is provided from Historic Bridges.org...

"This bridge is a noteworthy structure as a rare surviving example of a pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss bridge, and in addition as a larger example of a bridge built by noteworthy regional bridge builder Nelson and Buchanan (former agents for Pittsburgh Bridge Company).
The bridge's bottom chord has an unusual attachment to the hip vertical.
This bridge has recently been closed to traffic and will likely be demolished. The bridge is in extremely poor condition with extensive pack rust and section loss. The bottom chord connections, typical trouble spots on any truss, have a very large amount of pack rust."

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