THE BERLIN IRON BRIDGE COMPANY,
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co.: , Binghamton, N. Y.
Gentlemen—This is to certify that the Berlin Iron Bridge Company have built for
the city of Binghamton, N. Y., under our charge, the sub-structure and super-structure
of an iron truss bridge, consisting of two abutments and two piers, about 1,500 yards
of first-class masonary and three spans of iron truss bridge, each 161 feet long, with a
roadway 24 feet wide, and two sidewalks, each 6 feet wide, with iron joist in the
roadway, and that their work has been first class in every particular. The bridge is
now open for travel, and the heaviest teams cross it continually with stone, lumber,
and that class of loads, either walking or trotting, and it is as firm and solid as the
street itself, not a tremble or a vibration of any kind being perceptible. They are well
supplied with all the necessary pile drivers, derricks, hoisting engines, etc., for doing
sub-structure work, and the shops are well equipped with all the necessary tools and
machinery for doing work promptly and well. We never saw iron work go together
so accurately as this bridge. They did their work in a thorough manner, and we can
cheerfully recommend them to any party in want of a good reliable bridge.
D. T. Finch, B. M. Babcock, Commissioners.
S. E. Monroe, Engineer in charge.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co. : Bangor, Me.
Gentlemen—In reply to your inquiry concerning the present condition of the
Plate Girder Bridge, built by your company in 1884, over the Kenduskeag stream in
this city, I will say that it is certainly a success. This bridge is subject to the constant
application of heavy loads throughout the entire year, and I have examined it carefully when heavily loaded, as a result of which I am satisfied that it is not only strong
otherwise, but that the concrete with which it is covered adds considerably to its rigidity. As to the satisfaction it gives generally, I can only say that so far as I know our
citizens are more than satisfied, and their experience indicates that a Plate Girder
Bridge covered with concrete, supported on arches of corrugated iron, is the most economical bridge we can build here for a deck bridge. Very truly yours,
P. H. Coombs, City Engineer,
Ashley Falls, Mass.
Berlin Iron Bridge Co., East Berlin, Conn. :
Gentlemen—The bridge built by your company over the Housatonic River, near
the village of Ashley Falls, town of Sheffield, Mass., in the summer of 1880, is giving
complete satisfaction. I have delayed answering your letter of the 6th to make
inquiries, as you are aware that the friends of the bridge encountered the most determined opposition from many of the most influential men in town about having an iron
bridge. But now the opposition is dead, and the last wooden bridge over the Housatonic has been built. Truly yours,
Wm. L. Abbott, Chairman of Bridge Committee.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co.: Franconia, N. H.
Gentlemen—The iron bridge 94 ft. span, 16 ft. roadway, which your company
built for this town in 1884, has now been in use for three years and has given entire
satisfaction to everybody. We have never heard anything against the bridge in any
way, and we can recommend your bridge and your company to towns in want of first-
class iron highway bridges. When the bridge was built there was some talk that perhaps it was better to use wood here than iron, as we are in the midst of a lumber
country where wood is very cheap: but now, after three years, we have no hesitation
whatever in saying that we believe the iron bridge to be, the best and cheapest investment that the town has made. Yours truly, Osman Parker, Ch. Selectmen.
Office of Palmer Brothers, Montville, Conn.
Berlin Iron Bridge Co. :
Gentlemen—The bridge you built for us, so far, has given entire satisfaction. It
seems to meet all the requirements, and we see no reason why it will not continue to
do so. Respectfully, Palmer Bros.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co.: Seymour, Conn.
Gentlemen—The three iron bridges built by your company for the town of Seymour four years ago have given and are giving entire satisfaction to the citizens of this
town, and the opinion is general here that in a few years this town will replace the
upper wooden bridge across the Naugatuck River with one of your excellent iron
bridges. Yours respectfully, C. H. Lounsbury, Town Agent.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co.: Jewett City, Conn.
Gentlemen—Yours of the 24th received, and in reply would say, the bridge your
company erected for us in the fall of 1879 has fully come up to the recommendations
and gives perfect satisfaction, and is looked upon as a model of strength and beauty.
The same may be said of the bridge your company put in for us in the summer of
1886, which has been severely tested with no signs of weakness. I will only add
that the community are satisfied. Respectfully yours,
Israel Mathewson, Selectman of Griswold.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co. : Elizabethtown, N. Y.
Gentlemen—Your Parabolic Truss Bridge put up in this village in June last,
gives the very greatest satisfaction. All speak in its favor. Should this town put
in any more iron bridges, I am certain they would choose your bridge in preference
to any other they have ever seen. It is all right as to strength, and very fine in
appearance. George W. Rice, Commissioner Highways.
A. K. Dudley, Supervisor.
EAST BERLIN, CONNECTICUT, U. S. A.