Heber Creeper Railroad Line, Olmstead Bridge, Spanning Provo River, Provo, Utah County, UT
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Spanning Provo River, Provo vicinity, UT
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER UT-63-C
Significance: The Olmstead Bridge is an excellent, unaltered example of a pin connected, steel Howe Truss railroad bridge, typical of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although originally constructed and installed at another location, the bridge still retains integrity of historic location along the Heber Creeper Railroad grade. Because it has been used at three different locations, it typifies the versatility of steel plate bridges and the adaptability of bridge engineering during the time of its principal use. In addition, the bridge has integrity of design, feeling, materials, and workmanship relative to its physical setting and technological context.
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway Company
Jelte, John, Photographer
Horn, Jonathon, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. 3/4 VIEW OF NORTH AND WEST SIDES FROM WEST BANK OF PROVO RIVER, SHOWING DIVERSION DAM BELOW BRIDGE
2. VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, SHOWING LARGE CONCRETE PIPE CROSSING RIVER THAT OBSCURES VIEW OF MUCH OF THE BRIDGE
3. VIEW OF WEST APPROACH
4. VIEW OF EAST APPROACH
5. VIEW, LOOKING WEST BENEATH BRIDGE, SHOWING GIRDER FRAMEWORK, HORIZONTAL LATERAL DIAGONAL TENSION EYEBARS, PAIRS OF EYEBARS RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE BRIDGE, AND RUNNING SURFACE RAILROAD TIES
6. VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING CONNECTION OF COLUMNS TO GIRDER CROSS MEMBERS, GUSSET PLATE KNEE BRACKETS, PAIRED EYEBARS CONNECTED TO BASE OF COLUMNS, AND RAIL GUARD CUT OUT TO FIT ALONG OUTSIDE EDGE OF RAILROAD TIES.
7. DETAIL VIEW SHOWING CONNECTION OF BRIDGE COLUMN, TRUSS, TOP BEAM, AND ARCHED CROSS MEMBER. NOTE KNEE BRACE FOR CROSS MEMBER AND DIAGONAL TENSION BAR
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