Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Iron Bridge at Lock No. 68, Mile 164.82 of C & O Canal National Park, Oldtown, Allegany County, MD
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Mile 164.82 of C & O Canal National Park, Oldtown vicinity, MD
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MD-70
Building/structure dates: 1910 initial construction
Significance: Similar in purpose to other bridges along the canal, this bridge carried traffic over the canal to farmlands and to a ferry on the Potomac River which crossed from Maryland to West Virginia and a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot. The bridge was important to trade in the area. The abandonment of this bridge can be linked to the changes in America's commercial activities and transportation routes in the first half of the twentieth century. The structure's Warren metal truss exemplifies a prevalent bridge form for American bridges from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century.
Iron Truss Bridges
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. WEST ELEVATION.
2. PERSPECTIVE VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST.
3. DECK VIEW, LOOKING SOUTH.
4. DETAIL OF SOUTHWEST END POST, LOOKING UP THE CANAL.
5. DETAIL OF EASTERN PANEL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
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