Fink Through-Truss Bridge, Hunterdon County Government Complex (moved to), Flemington, Hunterdon County, NJ
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Significance: At the time of its demolition in 1978, the Hamden bridge was one of only two Fink Through-Truss Bridges known to remain in the U.S. (The other is in Tuscarauras County, Ohio. See The Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory, Evaluation and Preservation Plan, Ohio Department of Transportation, 1983: p. 43). Albert Fink formulated a structural suspension system that was an early and effective method of spanning relatively large distances with cast and wrought iron components. The bridge at Hamden is an excellent example of the Fink Truss design.
At the time of its collapse in 1978 it was one of the last two surviving examples of cast- and wrought-iron bridges using Albert Fink's patented suspension truss system. It was also one of the oldest standing metal truss bridges in the United States.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-13
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N14
Survey number: HAER NJ-18
Building/structure dates: 1858 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1978 Demolished