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Prospect in Marion County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Prospect State Route 47 Bridge

1913 - 2007

 
 
Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., circa April 19, 2009
1. Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Marker
Inscription.
The single-span Parker Through Truss Bridge that previously carried State Route 47 over the Scioto River at this location was constructed by the Standard Engineering Company of Toledo shortly after the Flood of 1913 destroyed the wrought iron bridge.

In 1983 the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Historic Preservation Office designated the Prospect Bridge a historic structure, eligible for listing in the National Register for Historic Places as a significant example of Parker Truss design in Ohio. It featured a 217-foot span with pin connections on the upper and lower chords.

The Parker Through Truss design was patented in 1870 by Charles H. Parker of Boston, Massachusetts. This variation of the Pratt Truss design used fewer materials because the end vertical and horizontal members were shorter, creating a slanted vertical at both ends of the truss, which also improved its adaptability to custom span lengths.

The Prospect Bridge was replaced in 2007 due to increased traffic and load requirements. At the time of its replacement, there were ten Parker Through Trusses remaining in Ohio, including one built in 1937 on Marion County Road 141, over the Olentangy River in Richland Township.

 
Erected by Ohio Department of Transportation.
 
Location.
Prospect State Route 47 Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., circa April 19, 2009
2. Prospect State Route 47 Bridge and Marker
40° 27.006′ N, 83° 11.438′ W. Marker is in Prospect, Ohio, in Marion County. Marker is on Water Street (Ohio Route 47) 0.1 miles west of Main Street (Ohio Route 203), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prospect OH 43342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prospect War Memorial (approx. mile away); Greenville Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 1.4 miles away); Radnor Cemetery Lych Gate (approx. 5 miles away); Green Camp (approx. 5.8 miles away); Richwood Opera House and Town Hall (approx. 5.8 miles away); North Union District Veterans' Memorial Monument (approx. 6 miles away); Harrison Military Road (approx. 6 miles away); Waldo Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prospect.
 
Also see . . .  Bridge Types. (Submitted on January 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsDisastersMan-Made Features
 
Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., circa April 19, 2009
3. Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Photo on Marker
1913 Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., circa April 19, 2009
4. 1913 Prospect State Route 47 Bridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,035 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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