Rating:
5 votes

First Vincennes Highway Bridge 13-51-03x / 14-42-01x

Photos 

A Postcard clearly showing both the iron and Covered sides of the bridge.

Photo taken by James Simmons

BH Photo #159106

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Wabash River on Main Street
Location
Vincennes, Lawrence County, Illinois, and Knox County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced by the Lincoln Memorial Bridge
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio (Bowstring through trusses)
Design
2 span bowstring through truss
2 span covered through truss bridge
1 center swing span (pony truss)
Also called
Main Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68180, -87.53452   (decimal degrees)
38°40'54" N, 87°32'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/453508/4281601 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vincennes
Inventory numbers
WGCB 13-51-03x / 14-42-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 43289 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 15, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: GPS
  • May 2, 2011: New photo from Mike Roegner
  • March 26, 2010: New photos from James Simmons
  • August 25, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

Comments 

First Vincennes Highway Bridge 13-51-03x / 14-42-01x
Posted July 31, 2015, by Matt Lohry

John,

According to the NBI, it was built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1992.

First Vincennes Highway Bridge 13-51-03x / 14-42-01x
Posted July 31, 2015, by John Shukites (jmshukites [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am not sure when it was built but here is a picture of the current bridge over the Wabash in Vincennes. It is a beautiful bridge.

First Vincennes Highway Bridge
Posted May 2, 2011, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

Upon closer examination and talking with the homeowner, that brick isn't from the original bridge, but likely was put in so that a previous driver would have a solid surface to drive to the house on. Especially after floods.

First Vincennes Highway Bridge
Posted October 11, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

How cool that both bridges appear to have operated concurrently for a while! Thanks for all these great photos. The original brick road to/from this bridge still exists on the Illinois side; see photo. Part of it appears to be on private property; the homeowner there parks his car on it. I haven't gone to look, but aerial views of the Vincennes side suggest that one block of brick road still exists there, too.

First Vincennes Highway Bridge
Posted October 10, 2009, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

Originally this entire bridge was a wooden covered bridge, but after an alleged tornado destroyed the Indiana side of the bridge it was replaced with steel. Then in the early 1900s the Illinois side was replaced with steel as well. You can see the rotating span in the middle of the bridge as well.