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Hendricks Ford Bridge

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Overview

This Bridge is located on the Camp Atterbury grounds.

Photo taken by James McCray in Feburary 2009

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Description 

This is another example of a bridge with more than one name. The road was referred to as Hendricks Ford Road, but apparently the original landowner at time of construction was named Hendrickson.

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Driftwood River
Location
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built in 1880 by the King Bridge Company
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
2-span,pinned Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 158.0 ft.
Total length: 316.0 ft.
Also called
Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.33917, -85.98717   (decimal degrees)
39°20'21" N, 85°59'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/587282/4354905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edinburgh
Inventory number
BH 37492 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 2, 2016: New photos from Marc Shotts
  • September 23, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • October 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted name, changed builder and date of construction
  • February 14, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • February 2, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • October 2, 2008: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Marc Shotts

Comments 

Hendricks Ford Bridge
Posted August 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Army still controls the land to the West and has the bridge gated at the East portal to keep people out. I'm more worried about trees falling on it than the government tearing it down. I wish they would decommission that section and deed it to the state as part of Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area. It could then be restored and join these other 2 beauties!

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Hendricks Ford Bridge
Posted August 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Aside from the fact that this one is a Whipple, it sure has some awesome portal bracings. Being in Indiana, it should be safe from demolition, I hope.

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted August 20, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Summer picture of this one are rather difficult as the area is usually pretty overgrown. I haven't been down there in a few years however.

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted August 20, 2011, by Anonymous

Does anybody have any summer or spring pictures?

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted August 20, 2011, by Anonymous

We use to jump off this bridge and swim during the summer.

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted February 22, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It would be nice to see this one restored, if not for traffic then at least for trail use. I suppose it would require the military turning the bridge over to local control, and I'm not sure how easy that would be to get accomplished.

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

I would love to see someone fix the bridge up and make it usable for vehicles again , but i am keeping my fingers crossed as to when it will be done and when it can be usable

Hendrickson Ford Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

I would love to see someone fix the bridge up and make it usable for vehicles again , but i am keeping my fingers crossed as to when it will be done and when it can be usable