University of Massachusetts Amherst
Adaptive Use Bridge Project

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Holiday Road Bridge
Original Location: Dalton, Massachusetts
Current Location: UMass Amherst
Current Condition: dismantled, in storage
Year: late 1880's
Manufacturer: Charles Ball, E Windsor, MA
Span: 40 feet
Material: Wrought iron
Classification: Ball pipe queen post truss
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This bridge was manufactured by local entrepreneur Charles Ball in the late 1880's. This bridge is now one of only three bridges designed by Ball that are still surviving. This bridge was originally located on Holiday Road in Dalton, Massachusetts.

Engineer Charles Ball patented his design for cheap, reliable small pony truss bridges. He claimed that his bridge design was "as strong as the strongest" and "the cheapest iron bridge in the world". Learn more about Charles Ball in this article written by Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger.


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