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Maurice River Pratt Through-Truss Swing Bridge, Spanning Maurice River, Mauricetown, Cumberland County, NJ



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Maurice River, Mauricetown, NJ

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NJ-20
Building/structure dates: 1888 initial construction
Significance: This is a rare surviving example of a human-powered swing bridge. Today, most structures of this type are powered by motor but during the 19th century hand operated swing bridges in rural areas were not uncommon.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Swing Bridges
Bridge Construction


Related Names
Dean & Westbrook


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FROM NORTHWEST SHOWING BRIDGE AND ENVIRONMENT
2. FROM NORTHWEST SHOWING BRIDGE AND ENVIRONMENT
3. FROM NORTHWEST
4. BRIDGE FROM SOUTHEAST
5. EAST SIDE FROM NORTH
6. NORTH END OF BRIDGE
7. NORTH END OF BRIDGE
8. SOUTH END OF BRIDGE
9. DETAIL OF EAST SIDE FROM SOUTH
10. STONE FOUNDATION AT NORTH END OF BRIDGE
11. EASTSIDE SHOWING SWING SPAN
12. NORTH STATIONARY SPAN ON EAST END OF BRIDGE
13. NORTH STATIONARY SPAN FROM SOUTH
14. BRIDGE TENDER ALBERT REEVES (RIGHT) AND YOUTHFUL HELPER (WALLY HALES), HANDLING HUGE 'KEY' TO WIND OPEN THE CENTER SWING SPAN.
15. BRIDGE TENDER ALBERT REEVES OF MAURICETOWN AND HELPER WALLY HALES HOLDING HUGE KEY ABOVE HOLE IN DECK OF CENTER SWING SPAN TO REVEAL KEY BASETHE KEY IS SET UPON A MALE FITTING USED TO OPEN THE SPAN
16. DETAIL OF END OF SWING SPAN (LEFT) AND SOUTH END OF NORTH STATIONARY SPAN REVEALING IRON SKID AND SWING BALANCE SUPPORT WHEEL. NOTE CHAIN USED TO HOLD BRIDGE IN PLACE
17. END OF SWING SPAN (LEFT) AND SOUTH END OF NORTH STATIONARY. CLOSE UP REVAEALS DETAILS OF THE IRON SKID AND SWING BALANCED SUPPORT WHEEL. ALSO ROD AND PINTON LOCK (NOT OPERATING). NOTE CHAIN TO HOLD SWING SPAN IN POSITION,
18. DETAIL OF STEEL TRUSSES AND CROSS BRACE BARS. SOUTH ORIGINAL SECTION. NOTE NAMEPLATE AND DATE
19. DETAIL VIEW OF GIRDER AND BOX BRACES.
20. DETAIL OF CAST IRON CONSTRUCTION.


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