Coleman Bridge (Windsor, Massachusetts)

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Coleman Bridge
Coleman Bridge, 2015
Coleman Bridge (Windsor, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Coleman Bridge (Windsor, Massachusetts)
Coleman Bridge (Windsor, Massachusetts) is located in the US
Coleman Bridge (Windsor, Massachusetts)
Location Windsor, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′56″N 72°59′36″W / 42.53222°N 72.99333°W / 42.53222; -72.99333Coordinates: 42°31′56″N 72°59′36″W / 42.53222°N 72.99333°W / 42.53222; -72.99333
Built 1894
Architect Ball, Charles H.
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 18, 2000

Coleman Bridge is a historic Ball-patent pipe pony truss bridge in Windsor, Massachusetts. It is the only known surviving in situ bridge of its type in Massachusetts. It is located on an abandoned stretch of Windsor Bush Road which crosses Phelps Brook in what is now a remote upland section of Windsor. The bridge was located near farms owned by the Coleman family, giving the bridge its name. The bridge type was invented by Charles H. Ball, an entrepreneur from nearby Peru who developed the idea of using pipes as structural elements of bridges over smaller bodies of water. Only three instances are known to exist, two of which were (as of 2000) disassembled and in storage.[2]

Detail of bridge; note beaver dam underneath structure

The bridge was built in 1894 on the site where there had previously been a wooden bridge, and spans 31 feet (9.4 m). The top cords of the pony truss are pipes 5.75 inches (14.6 cm) in diameter, with doubled iron rods functioning as the truss's bottom chord. The bridge originally had wooden stringers, which were at some point replaced by iron ones. The wooden floor of the bridge is also a replacement. The bridge is accessible on foot.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Coleman Bridge". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-05.