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Near Savage in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bollman Iron Truss Bridge

1869

 
 
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By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
1. Bollman Iron Truss Bridge Marker
Inscription. Spanning the Little Patuxent River is the sole surviving example of the bridging system invented, 1850, by Wendel Bollman, Baltimore engineer. It was the first system, entirely of iron, used by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and the first in America. Through 1873 the company built about 100 such bridges.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 8.077′ N, 76° 49.505′ W. Marker is near Savage, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is on Foundry Street near Gorman Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Near Savage Mill. Marker is in this post office area: Savage MD 20763, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Savage Mill (here, next to this marker); Historic Savage Mill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Survey Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Governor Harry R. Hughes (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savage.
 
More about this marker. Marker most likely
Bollman Iron Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
2. Bollman Iron Truss Bridge
was originally erected at Washington Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) and Gorman Road and was later moved to the bridge. The "1/2 Mile" painted-out arrow has can still be seen in the photograph.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bollman Truss. Historical and technical essay on Bollman Truss bridges by Dr. James B. Calvert of the University of Denver. (Submitted on February 1, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

2. B&O Patuxent Branch. Brief historical sketch of the railroad branch line that once crossed this bridge, followed by photographs of various points along the current and original right of way. (Submitted on February 8, 2006.) 

3. Historic Bridges of Maryland. Link to book on Amazon.com's web site. (Submitted on February 1, 2006.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Text of the National Historic Landmark Plaque
Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. The sole surviving example of the first successful iron bridge design widely used by the railroads from 1850-1875. Invented by Wendell A. Bollman, a prominent civil engineer, this is a landmark in the history of American bridge engineering.
Erected 2003 by The National Park Service, United Stated Department of the Interior
    — Submitted February 1, 2006.

2. Text of
Other Bollman Iron Truss Bridge Markers image. Click for full size.
By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
3. Other Bollman Iron Truss Bridge Markers
First Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque

National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Bollman Truss, Savage, Maryland. Weldel Bollman, C.E. Built c.1869.
Erected 1966 by ASCE—the American society of Civil Engineers, founded in 1852.
    — Submitted February 1, 2006.

3. Text of Second Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque
This bridge, erected on this site circa 1887, is the last remaining Bollman Truss Bridge in the world. In 1966 this was the first structure designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This plaque is dedicated to Civil Engineer Neal FitzSimons (1828-2000) of Kensington, Maryland who began the NHCEL program and as champion of engineering heritage preservation throughout the world.
    — Submitted February 1, 2006.

 
Additional keywords. B&O
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars
 
Bollman Iron Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
4. Bollman Iron Truss Bridge
Bollman Iron Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
5. Bollman Iron Truss Bridge
Bollman Iron Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Edward A. Gordon, January 31, 2006
6. Bollman Iron Truss Bridge
Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge with Historic Savage Mill in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2006, by Edward A. Gordon of Columbia, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,897 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 1, 2006, by Edward A. Gordon of Columbia, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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