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McGirt's Bridge, Spanning Cape Fear River, Elizabethtown, Bladen County, NC



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Location
Spanning Cape Fear River, Elizabethtown vicinity, NC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NC-29
Building/structure dates: 1923 initial construction
Significance: McGirt's Bridge is a 350-foot Petit Truss bridge. It is the longest truss bridge in North Carolina. The bridge is divided into fourteen panels. The ratio of depth to length of the truss is low, producing a very deep truss that is still rated at 27 tons. This truss is an early example of the technology of riveted joint design. The high secondary forces that were generally associated with riveted joints made trusses of this length unpredictable a few years ago.

Subjects
Bridge Construction
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Atlanta Bridge Company
Virginia Bridge & Iron Company
Fore, George, Field Team
Hawke, Paul, Historian
Page, Randell, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OBLIQUE VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL AND WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE
2. VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL
3. OVERALL VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL
4. OBLIQUE VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL AND WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE
5. OBLIQUE SIDE VIEW OF TRUSSES
6. OBLIQUE VIEW OF HIP AND TRUSS SYSTEM
7. OBLIQUE 1/3 VIEW SHOWING HIP OF TRUSS
8. DETAIL VIEW OF TRUSS
9. DETAIL VIEW OF ABUTMENT, HIP JOINT
10. VIEW OF TRUSS PIN JOINT
11. VIEW OF PIN AND RIVET JOINTS
12. VIEW OF PIN AND RIVET JOINTS
13. VIEW OF PIN AND RIVET JOINTS
14. DETAIL VIEW OF PIN AND RIVET JOINTS
15. VIEW OF RIVET JOINTS
16. VIEW OF RIVET JOINTS


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