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



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B&W Photos

HB763081
Oblique View Of South Portal And West Side Of Bridge

HB763082
View Of South Portal

HB763083
Overall View Of South Portal

HB763084
Oblique View Of South Portal And West Side Of Bridge

HB763085
Oblique Side View Of Trusses

HB763086
Oblique View Of Hip And Truss System

HB763087
Oblique 1/3 View Showing Hip Of Truss

HB763088
Detail View Of Truss

HB763089
Detail View Of Abutment, Hip Joint

HB763090
View Of Truss Pin Joint

HB763091
View Of Pin And Rivet Joints

HB763092
View Of Pin And Rivet Joints

HB763093
View Of Pin And Rivet Joints

HB763094
Detail View Of Pin And Rivet Joints

HB763095
View Of Rivet Joints

HB763096
View Of Rivet Joints


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Item Title


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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