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Bollman Truss Bridge
Savage, Md.


Wendell Bollman (1814-1884) is remembered as a designer of bridges for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Although he created several types of spans, some of them fairly ordinary, he is usually remembered for the elaborate design that has come to be known as the Bollman Truss. Although Bollman trusses were once common, only a single two-span example survives, in Savage, Md.

The bridge was built in 1869 to carry trains on the railroad's main line. In 1887, it was removed from its original location and reused on a siding that served the Savage mill. Today it is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge can be visited easily from I-95 -- Savage is about halfway between Baltimore and Washington. Look for "Savage Mill" signs.

The bridge has been documented and photographed by the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record.

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The photos below were taken in August 2004

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Click here for pictures of a Bollman bridge in Meyersdale, Pa.


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