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Merrimac Bridge, Spanning Merrimac River on Bridge Street, Haverhill, Essex County, MA



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Location
Spanning Merrimac River on Bridge Street, Haverhill, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-103
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-22).
Building/structure dates: 1883 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1895 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1914 subsequent work
Part of building/structure is in Newbury Old Town, Essex County, MA.
Significance: The Merrimac Bridge is located on a site which has been utilized as a major river crossing since the seventeenth century. It contains the oldest moveable span identified in the Massachusetts Department of Public Works database, and is still operable under hand power. It also contains one of the earliest riveted metal trusses identified in the state, which is one of the earliest known surviving works of the Boston Bridge Works, a nationally significant bridge-building firm in the late-nineteenth and early -twentieth centuries.

Subjects
Swing Bridges
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Andrews, David H.
Shaw, Edward S.
Swain, George F.
Boston Bridge Works
McClintic-Marshall & Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. General view from south river bank, looking northeast
2. General view of four north spans, including swing span (third from left), looking northeast
3. Elevation of south portal from roadway, looking north
4. Detail of builder's plate on southeast endpost, looking north
5. General view from roadway at south end, looking north
6. General view of swing span from north portal end, looking south
7. General view from roadway at north portal end of north span, looking southeast
8. General view of north approach from roadway, with drawtender's house at northeast corner of bridge, looking southeast
9. Detail of southwest bearing shoe, looking southeast
10. Detail of lower chord and piers from southwest abutment, looking north


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