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Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fink Deck Truss

National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

 
 
Fink Deck Truss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2021
1. Fink Deck Truss Marker
Inscription.  
National Historic
Civil Engineering Landmark


American Society of Civil Engineers
Founded
1852

Fink Deck Truss
Designated 1979

 
Erected 1979 by American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 37° 26.406′ N, 79° 9.925′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Riverside Street, 0.1 miles north of Rivermont Avenue. Marker and bridge are located on Treasure Island Road (the park loop trail) inside Riverside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2238 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg VA 24503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Long View (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Troubled to Healing Waters (about 700 feet away); Packet Boat Marshall (about 700 feet away); Hull of the Packet Boat Marshall
Norfolk & Western Railroad Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2021
2. Norfolk & Western Railroad Plaque
(mounted just below marker)
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(about 800 feet away); Safe Haven in Lynchburg: Project Y (approx. Ό mile away); Miller-Claytor House (approx. Ό mile away); Pearl S. Buck (approx. half a mile away); Randolph-Macon Woman's College (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fink Deck Truss Bridge. The Fink Deck Truss Bridge is a unique survivor of a truss system widely used between 1854 and 1875. This all cast and wrought iron system was patented by Albert Fink in 1854. This Fink Deck Truss Bridge is thought to have been originally used on the Norfolk and Western mainline railway. It was moved to its present location and converted to a vehicular bridge over a railroad spur in 1893 when the Norfolk and Western mainline was moved. It was relocated again in 1985 to Lynchburg's Riverside Park to serve as a pedestrian bridge. (Submitted on September 30, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Fink Deck Truss Bridge. This bridge is one of only two known surviving Fink truss bridges in the country, and the only example of a deck truss form of the Fink. Designed by famous engineer Albert Fink, the Fink truss is an unusual truss configuration that was popular on railroads,
Fink Deck Truss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2021
3. Fink Deck Truss Marker
(marker is mounted directly on bridge support)
but were widely replaced later since most railroad bridges built during the 1880s and before were insufficient for the trail loads seen beginning after 1890. The historic significance and rarity of a Fink truss bridge, the extremely old 1870 construction date, and the cast iron compression members make this bridge stand among the most important historic bridges in the country. (Submitted on September 30, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Fink Deck Truss Bridge. The Fink Deck Truss Bridge in Lynchburg is the only survivor in the U.S. of this truss system that was widely used from 1854 to 1875. The patented truss bridge was a uniquely American structural engineering solution to the need for long-span railroad bridges to carry heavy loads. Finks truss configuration was used widely in railroad bridges, including large structures such as the Green River Bridge south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and the 14th Street Bridge across the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky. (Submitted on September 30, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Fink Deck Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2021
4. Fink Deck Truss Bridge
Fink Deck Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2021
5. Fink Deck Truss Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Jun. 29, 2022