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Bostick Road Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken 2006 by Nathan Holth

BH Photo #102673

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Bostick Road in Fort Wayne
Location
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Status
Rehabilitated in place for reuse as a pedestrian bridge.
Future prospects
Rehabbed in place for pedestrian use, with new bridge being built nearby.
History
Built 1894 by the Canton Bridge Co.; closed April 2004
Builders
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- McKee & Eck
- Tapp, H.W.
Design
Steel Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 165.0 ft.
Total length: 173.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Turner Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.97948, -85.09440   (decimal degrees)
40°58'46" N, 85°05'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/660317/4538228 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Poe
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0200201 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15779 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2006)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
127

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 30, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • November 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Modified categories, as this bridge is not wrought iron
  • November 15, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 3, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 11, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status to show work has begun on this bridge
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated builders
  • February 4, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • October 14, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: future prospects
  • April 17, 2006: Posted photos from Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted October 24, 2014, by Jessiee (jessieerenaee42 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I really wanna know if the bridge is still haunted or not since they re did the creepy thing... mee and the boyfriend n family want to go see it and see if its really haunted or not. email me if you know anything about the bridge thanks.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted April 18, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bostick Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes.....I have seen some replicated plaques (i.e. Darden Road) that really fall short of the mark. These are spot on, and hopefully that original went to the county museum.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Replicated plaques look great on this bridge. The original one was in bad shape, its nice that we have developed this technique for replicating plaques.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted June 11, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Speaking of the Bostick Road Bridge.....I have some good news to report. The rehabilitation project on this magnificent structure began today. The bridge is being moved off of the creek to be restored and then will be moved back into place as a pedestrian bridge. Later this year work will begin on a new bridge to carry traffic on Bostick Road. You can read the full article here....

http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201...

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted June 10, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Being as this bridge is to be preserved, I wouldn't worry too much about the bridge being haunted. Now if the bridge were torn down, David Hammond (founder/president of Canton Bridge Company) might decide to haunt the site... :)

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted June 10, 2010, by Alex (lamborghini927 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

iv been there over 50 times and nothing has ever happened to me. i live right near it. never seen or heard anything or felt "watched"

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted December 7, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

I have visited this bridge more than once and have never experienced any abnormalties. Perhaps some people just let their imaginations run wild.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 31, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

True.....

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 31, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Nah, there's only one there. There'd have to be two of them to be a paranormal bridges.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 31, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ummmmm.......OK

Maybe we should change this to "Historic (and Paranormal) Bridges of the United States".

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 31, 2009, by jessie (jsnyder [at] msn [dot] com)

I went there with my sister and after a little wondering around we suddenly had rush of cold air go through our bodies, we got creeped by that but we still weren't fully convinced that it was haunted so we stayed until we found something really scary. After almost an hour of the feeling of being watched we turned around and for less than a second we both saw a reflection of ourselves dead. We were completely stunned for a few minutes when we both ran off in search of a place without an eerie feeling. Once we made it home we never told anyone about it. I mean, who would believe that. After all, being nervous does create halucination sometimes, but that doesnt explain why both of us saw ourselves dead. There is no doubt that bridge is haunted.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted February 25, 2008, by Justin Spaulding (spauldo_86 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Yes, Bostick Bridge is definitely haunted. Throughout my four years of highschool me and a group of my friends investigated Bostick Bridge over 2 dozen times in a span of four years.We have been chased by strange animals through the woods, the whole bridge started shaking when there was no wind,aircraft, or anything to cause the bridge to move, we have seen Bright orange shapes and eyes in the woods on the west side of the bridge(it was not a sign,trust me we looked).My friends little sister went with her mom there and found about a dozen mutilated squirrels stacked up on top of eachother with there heads bit off. I have a lot more to say and share about haunted places in and around FortWayne If anyone is interested in hearing them hit me up at spauldo_86@verizon.net

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted January 4, 2007, by ianv (b [dot] y [dot] f [dot] d [at] hotmail [dot] com)

THE COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE ARE MAKING ARE TRUE SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND I WENT UP THERE LAST NIGHT AT ABOUT THREE OR SO IN THE MORNING I JUST WANT TO KNOW THE STORY SO IF ANYONE HAS IT LET ME KNOW BUT YEA ITS HAUNTED FOR SURE.

WE TOOK A PIUC OF MY FRIEND IN THE WOODS AND THERE WAS A PINK ORB ABOVE HIS HEAD THE BRIDGE IS CREEPY ALRIGHT EVERYONE LATER

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2006, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

Thank God that they're at least going to make an effort to preserve this whipple through truss bridge which has been shut down for almost 3 years running.

At the same time, they're going to make a replacement; exactly when, no one's said yet. But at any rate this is kind of a big deal in the event of emergencies, where timing is everything. In a sense, the closing of the Bostick Road bridge can be seen as a mixed blessing: first of all, it takes longer to get to point B from point A & secondly, this whipple truss is going to be preserved somehow, someway. But couldn't they just make a replacement which bypasses this bridge; it'd seem more logical & more effective too.

Enough rambling here; this is one of the best frickin' through trussers around & that's saying something.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted October 16, 2006, by Nathan Holth

The bridge is indeed a Whipple truss. A new crossing is to be constructed at this bridge's location, however the county is supposedly going to dismantle and store the bridge for possible re-erection, which it doesn only because the local historic preservation group called ARCH convinced them to. There is still some debate as to the bridge's destination, but the future is perhaps not quite as bleak... The ARCH website: http://www.archfw.org/

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 30, 2006, by KYLE (DTOTHEADDY [at] HOTMAIL [dot] COM)

I'M GONNA BE REAL..........ME AND SOME FRIENDS WENT UP THERE A COUPLE TIMES..........TO SAY THE LEAST.......THAT BRIDGE IS HAUNTED....LOUD KNOCKING......THE WHOLE BRIDGE SHAKING........THATS JUST THE BEGINNING........ANYBODY ELSE HAVE SOME EXPERIENCES UP THERE?

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted July 3, 2006, by ken (kknepple [at] internetapollo [dot] com)

Have you ever received any comments on this bridge regarding paranormal activity. there is some tales of some eerie activity at this bridge. In 1994 me and 3 of my friends visited this bridge and all 4 of us were witness of this behavior. I wanted to know if you had any comments or questions regarding this bridge.

Bostick Road Bridge
Posted April 24, 2006, by Kate Johnson (katejhalifax [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge looks like a Whipple Truss. Does anyone know the status of this historic bridge?