I think I have officially fallen in love with the steel bridges in western Pennsylvania. I have photographed them in summer and winter and I have no idea why the attraction. Maybe it’s because they were built during a much simpler time, an era that was not so rushed or hurried. One of my “Denny Day” trips led me to this “singing” truss bridge along with others. It is located in the historic community of Fredericktown, Ohio. It is called a “singing” bridge because of the sound that the cars make when they cross over it.
Denny told me all of these old bridges are made of Carnegie Steel. Andrew Carnegie was responsible for much of the industrial growth of our country in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. His brother Thomas owned a little piece of property off the coast of Georgia that I have visited many timesâ€”Cumberland Island!
Here’s a different bridgeâ€”still so strong!
These things are like giant erector sets.
I can’t tell you were this bridge is located. Usually, I just get in the car and go with Joy and Denny. Wherever we end up, we always have fun. I do remember seeing this one and wanting to get out and take photos!
TheÂ Fredericktown bridge (same as the one at the top of this post) is located beside the ruins of the Culbertson Mill, which was build in 1893 by the Penn Bridge Company located in nearby Beaver Falls, PA. (Just Trivia stuff.)
There was a five-story mill on this site. I don’t know if you can see it in this photo, but the bridge is pictured there, too. The mill began operation in 1840 and stopped in 1907. This plaque is attached to one of its French mill stonesâ€”called a buhrstone. The other stones are nearby at what once was a general store.
This is all that is left of the old mill. I’m sorry it is gone, but the bridge and the area was a fun historic stop! It was “off the beaten path,” but that is where you find some of the most interesting places to visit.