Stupidity and ignorance took down another icon! http://www.wtol.com/story/35206285/newscast-captures-alleged...
Evidently they have made an arrests on the arson on this bridge.
This bridge had a sign that said "Notice: This area protected by video surveillance."
However, the Des Moines Register story reported:
"Barnes [county sheriff] says there was no electricity or light source at the bridge and no severe weather or lightning in the area, so the fire will be investigated as arson."
"Barnes said there are no security devices surrounding the bridge."
Well, I have next to no experience with Lattice truss bridges considering it's been like 100 years since Indiana had one...
But I still see trusses standing straight despite being charred, So I don't see a Destroyed bridge here! Heavily damaged yes, but not destroyed. Considering there is a new bridge nearby to handle traffic, do a light blast job on it and reroof and side it!
A roof and siding do not make a bridge... They simply protect the structure from the elements.
This bridge is beautiful!! I love the look of it. Sadly, it looks like fire claimed it.
That's actually rather interesting to see a wooden bridge built on lally columns like a contemporary iron bridge would have been.