Meeting House Bridge, Spanning Boston & Maine Railroad 0.1 mile east of , Arundel, York County, ME
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Spanning Boston & Maine Railroad 0.1 mile east of, Arundel, ME
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER ME-51
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Significance: Meeting House Bridge has state-level significance as an increasingly rare example of timber-truss bridge technology. Howe-patent trusses such as this, combining wooden compression members with wrought-iron tension rods, were widely used by railroads because of their low initial cost, easy construction, and durability if properly protected from the weather. The Boston and Maine Railroad had a special affinity for wooden bridges, which it continued to build as late as the first decade of the 20th century.
Wood Truss Bridges
Boston & Maine Railroad
Clouette, Bruce, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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