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Free-Black Bridge, Spanning Androscoggin River at Route 1, Brunswick, Cumberland County, ME



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Location
Spanning Androscoggin River at Route 1, Brunswick, ME

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER ME-67
Building/structure dates: 1909 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Topsham, Sagadahoc County, ME.
Significance: Only identified example of an unusual double-deck railroad and suspended vehicular bridge in the state, and a fine example of a rivet-connected Baltimore thru truss design. It is one of only four 1890-1928 Baltimore truss bridges identified in a recent state bridge survey. It was built in 1909 to replace an 1880 double-deck bridge, and illustrates the evolution of the truss type into a heavily-built structure capable of supporting increased locomotive weights. It carries a minor branch of the Maine Central, today used for local traffic, and is an alternate route to a larger road bridge downstream for road travel between Brunswick and Topsham.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges
Transportation
Railroad Industry


Related Names
Pennsylvania Bridge Company
Farnham, Katherine Larson, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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