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Near Vischer Ferry in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cast Iron Whipple Truss Bridge, 1869

 
 
Cast Iron Whipple Bridge, 1869 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
1. Cast Iron Whipple Bridge, 1869 Marker
Inscription. This bridge was designed and built by Squire Whipple (1804-1887), a Union college graduate, class of 1830. Originally erected over the Erie Canal at Fultonville in Montgomery County, the bridge was moved after the canal closed in 1917 to the Cayadutta Creek in Fonda where it served as a private farm bridge. In 1997, Union College led by Professor Frank Griggs, restored the bridge and in partnership with the Town of Clifton Park, re-erected it here where a similar bridge once stood. The stone abutments of the original bridge were made higher by adding stonework from the dismantled Erie Canal aqueduct that crossed the river at Rexford.

Many wooden farmers' bridges providing access to farm land divided by the canal were also of the Whipple truss design. The canal packet boats would barely clear these bridges and passengers warned of an upcoming bridge would need to duck or get down from the top deck: hence the cry of a popular song "Low Bridge, Everybody Down." These wooden bridges are gone now, and all that remain are some of the stone abutments.

Squire Whipple, sometimes called "the father of iron bridges," patented his iron truss bridge in 1841. It became a standard design for iron bridges built in the second half of the nineteenth century. This bridge has the date "1869" cast into the top of each bow.
 
Marker series.
Cast Iron Whipple Bridge, 1869 Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
2. Cast Iron Whipple Bridge, 1869 Marker Detail
This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 47.578′ N, 73° 47.741′ W. Marker is near Vischer Ferry, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Riverview Road just from Van Vranken Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rexford NY 12148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whipple Iron Truss Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Clutes Dry Dock (approx. one mile away); Lock 19 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Amity Reformed Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Best House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Boght Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Boght (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vischer Ferry.
 
Also see . . .  Squire Whipple. (Submitted on September 26, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Cayuduta Creek
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
 
Cast Iron Whipple Bridge & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
3. Cast Iron Whipple Bridge & Marker
Whipple Bridge Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
4. Whipple Bridge Detail
The raised lettering shown is found in two locations on the bridge; one on each of the two bows that support the span:

S. WHIPPLE, ALBANY. N.Y. 1869
Cast Iron Whipple Bridge Spanning the Erie Canal image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous
5. Cast Iron Whipple Bridge Spanning the Erie Canal
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 322 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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