Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Wills Creek Bridge, Spanning Wills Creek 587 feet West of Eckhart Junc, Cumberland, Allegany County, MD
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Spanning Wills Creek 587 feet West of Eckhart Junc, Cumberland vicinity, MD
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MD-5
Building/structure dates: 1860 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1915 subsequent work
Significance: The Wills Creek Bridge is located in the Cumberland and Pennsylvania subdivision of the Western Maryland Railway Company. It is a brick arch viaduct of four spans, each 45 feet in length. The abutments and piers, of which there are three, are built of stone ashlar laid in cement mortar. Except in 1915, when the brickwork of the structure was pointed, it is unchanged. A recent survey showed that the viaduct vibrates considerably when an engine passes over it, the bricks are soft, and the arches require training.
Maryland Mining Company
Western Maryland Railway Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. AERIAL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
2. DETAIL VIEW OF MIDDLE ARCH SPAN, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
3. VIEW OF NORTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST TOWARD CUMBERLAND.
4. DETAIL VIEW OF BRIDGE AT SPRINGLINE OF BRICK-ARCH AND MASONRY PIER, LOOKING WEST-NORTHWEST.
5. VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING TO WEST-NORTHWEST AWAY FROM CUMBERLAND.
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