Spengler Bridge

The Spengler Bridge is a historic Pratt through truss over Kinderhook Creek on Spengler Road in Columbia County, New York. It was constructed in 1880 by the Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio. 1

The crossing was named after Henry Cones Spengler, a Chatham County highway engineer. 1

The county considered the Spengler Bridge for demolition in May 1968 over the bridge deck’s poor condition. 3 At the time, the bridge connected to a semi-abandoned roadway. Restoration of the bridge was completed in 1977.

As of October 1989, the bridge was closed to automobile traffic and had a posted weight limit of four horses, single file. 2

The Spengler Bridge is most likely the only example built by the Morse Bridge Company remaining in New York. 3 The company formed in 1878, was soon reincorporated as the Youngstown Bridge Company which was in business until 1900.

Information
  • Total Length: 140 feet
  • Deck Width: 17.2 feet
Sources
  1. National Register of Historic Places Registration, Department of Interior. Spengler Bridge. By Lynn B. Weaver et al., Dec. 1972.
  2. “Under the Limit.” Ithaca Journal, 23 Oct. 1989, p. 4A.
  3. Division for Historic Preservation, Department of State Parks and Recreation. Spengler Bridge. By Raymond W. Smith et al

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