Coon Creek Bridge, Osage County

Sometimes the Eastern and Midwestern bridge firms set up regional offices to be nearer to the areas they were trying to serve. The way in which the builder of the bridge shown on this page identified themselves is testimony to this. Built in 1919 by the Rochester Bridge Co., the bridge was constructed by the Bartlesville office of the Rochester, Indiana-based concern. The view above looks thru the structure. Below, the builder's plaque. It is marked "Built By Rochester Bridge Co. Bartlesville Okla."

Above, a side view. The 5-panel riveted Warren pony truss is 72 feet long, and rests on stone abutments. The bridge is massively built, this being reinforced by the large size of the lower gusset plates. Below, a deck view of the truss. The channel railings show the usual signs of wear from negligent vehicle operators.

Above, a final thru view. The Rochester Bridge Co. built many structures in Osage and Washington Counties in the first few decades of the 20th century, so the establishment of a local office must have seemed logical. As for this bridge, it seems to be in a good place with light usage.


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