Silva Bridge

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Silva Bridge
Silva Bridge is located in Puerto Rico
Silva Bridge
Location in Puerto Rico
LocationHighway 114, km 4, near Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°08′21″N 67°08′45″W / 18.139281°N 67.145699°W / 18.139281; -67.145699Coordinates: 18°08′21″N 67°08′45″W / 18.139281°N 67.145699°W / 18.139281; -67.145699
Arealess than one acre
Architectural stylePratt pony truss
MPSHistoric Bridges of Puerto Rico MPS
NRHP reference #95000834[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1995

The Silva Bridge is a Pratt pony truss bridge in Puerto Rico which was built in 1897 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1]

The Silva Bridge spans the Guanajibo River, the boundary between Hormigueros (Barrio Guanajibo) and Cabo Rojo (Barrio Guanajibo) municipalities. It is at kilometer 4 of Highway 114.[1]

It was built in the year before the Spanish–American War, and was the site of conflict between Spanish forces and the Americans who invaded Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898. Sniper fire held up American forces under Brigadier General Theodore Schwan who were seeking to go west across the bridge on August 10, 1898, delaying them by about two hours. The snipers were Spanish regulars and Puerto Rican volunteers.[2]

It is Bridge No. 71 mentioned in a review of historic bridges in Puerto Rico. It is a Pratt pony truss bridge built over the River in 1897.[2]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Luis F. Pumarada O'Neill (July 31, 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Historic Bridges of Puerto Rico, c. 1840–1950" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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