The Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge is a historic bridge across the
Cacapon River in Capon Lake, West Virginia. The bridge’s Whipple truss
technology was developed by civil engineer Squire Whipple in 1847, and
modified by J. W. Murphy in 1859 to include pinned eyebar connections.
The bridge is West Virginia’s oldest remaining Whipple truss bridge and
its oldest intact metal truss bridge. The structure was originally built
in a different location in 1874 as part of a larger two-span bridge
conveying the Northwestern Turnpike across the South Branch Potomac
River near Romney. When a new bridge was constructed at this site in
1937, the old bridge was dismantled and relocated to the current site in
Capon Lake in southeastern Hampshire County to carry Capon Springs Road
between West Virginia Route 259 and Capon Springs. The bridge was
dedicated on August 20, 1938. In 1991 a new bridge was completed to the
south, and the existing bridge was preserved in place by the West
Virginia Division of Highways, due to its rarity, age, and engineering
significance. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The Second Council of Constantinople, considered by many
Christian churches to have been the fifth Christian Ecumenical Council,
began to discuss the topics of Nestorianism and Origenism, among others.
Mary Dixon Kies became the first American woman to receive a
patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The Bolshevik newspaper Pravda (issue pictured) was first
published in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The British Special Air Service stormed the Iranian Embassy in
London, six days after Iranian Arab separatists had seized it.
Rioting broke out in Washington, D.C., after a rookie police
officer shot a Salvadorean man in the chest.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. Made irrationally enthusiastic.
2. In love.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there
are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human
understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but
understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand
itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.
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