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Toledo & Chicago - Spy Run Bridge


"Relic of the Interurban"

Hidden away from view, this old interurban bridge has become part of the natural landscape crossing the Spy Run Creek north of downtown Fort Wayne. This particular route took the electric cars along Lima Road (Highway 3) to Garrett, Auburn, Kendallville and Waterloo. An aerial photograph shows it out of use by 1938, but the route is visible.


D.A. Baker

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BH Photo #323740


The bridge crosses the Spy Run Creek and is sandwiched in between the old Roethele Lumber Yard on Wells and Vesey Park. An aerial photo from 1938 shows it unused and the lumber yard expanded over the tracks by 1957.

The bridge itself looks to be in pretty bad shape. Concrete has fallen away to expose rebar and one spot in particular on the span has a gap about 10' long. The outer layer of the concrete is soft and flakes off in pieces (some as big as a fist).

I'm hoping someone out there has more information about it.


Abandoned bridge over Spy Run Creek on Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Future prospects
The City of Fort Wayne is making improvements on the old railroad easement 100' to the east--possibly for a greenway trail.
Built ca 1905, passenger service ended by 1937, freight continued until 1945.
- Interurban
- Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway (T&CI)
Concrete and rebar.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.10350, -85.14462   (decimal degrees)
41°06'13" N, 85°08'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/655799/4551905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Wayne West
Land survey
T. 31 N., R. 12 E., Sec. 35
Inventory number
BH 67325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2015: Updated by Daniel: Corrected name of the lumber yard.
  • April 30, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added interurban based on information given by the OP.
  • April 30, 2015: Added by Daniel



Toledo & Chicago - Spy Run Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Luke

Confirmed that this bridge still exists https://www.traillink.com/trail/pufferbelly-trail/

Toledo & Chicago - Spy Run Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Luke

The trail appears to be using the New York Central ROW that exists to the East of this bridge, which is closer to the outbuilding than the trail.

Toledo & Chicago - Spy Run Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Edwin Allen H Blackwood (eblackwo [at] gmail [dot] com)

Judging by Google Earth satellite images, this railroad bed and bridge has been converted into a pedestrian trail, and in 2016 or 2017, it looks like the bridge was fully replaced.