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Indiana 29 Deer Creek Bridge

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Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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Explanation for removal 

Written by James Norwood

This bridge was bypassed with a new alignment and bridge to East of old route in 1980's. The "Michigan Road" passed through here in the mid 1800's, allowing travelers to go from Indy and points South all the way to Michigan via Logansport, Rochester, and Michigan City. At one time the road was laid with wooden planks due to problems with mud and swampy land inhibiting early travelers of this road. Just South of the old bridge, those "corduroy" planks sprang saplings at some point, and large Sycamore trees grew along both side of the roadway. In the early days of the automobile, it wasn't a problem, but as time went by and larger vehicles began to appear, the narrow confines of this roadway became a safety issue. I can attest how many close call my family had with semi's passing us in this stretch as we neared the bridge. The state eventually made it a state historic site complete with a official plaque denoting "Sycamore Row", and the highway was made to bypass the old road. Soon after completion of the new segment to it's terminus with State Road 218 (West) which is just North of the creek, the old bridge came down. Today not even the abutments remain, but the Sycamore trees are still there to see. Funny thing is old SR 218 originally intersected with SR 29 just South of Sycamore Row, and it's Westward lane is barely noticable today as well, though I have been told there are still old road signs along that ROW that are protected by the farmer who guards his land with paranoia.

Link to view of Sycamore Row and history

Written by James Norwood

This site tells about this famous "Michigan Road" throwback and mentions the bridge as well. http://hoosierhappenings.blogspot.com/2009/04/sycamore-row.h...

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Deer Creek on Sr 29 in Deer Creek
Location
Deer Creek, Carroll County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1987. Former bridge removed when new alignment of SR 29 made to bypass "Sycamore Row" along old route. Sycamore Row are large trees sitting right on sides of old road, scary to pass semi's on old stretch due to narrowness.
Builder
- Indiana Department of Transportation
Design
Riveted Parker through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Also called
Sycamore Row bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60833, -86.39167   (decimal degrees)
40°36'30" N, 86°23'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551463/4495457 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Deer Creek
Inventory number
BH 42520 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added new information
  • May 4, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Indiana 29 Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 17, 2012, by James Norwood

That ROW you saw is the original route of Indiana 218 going West. I believe close to where it merges into the current alignment there was a bridge over Deer Creek that was moved to be part of the Delphi trails. Family that used to hunt the area has said there used to still be road signs down part of the ROW. Beware, it is private property and I have been told the owner does NOT welcome explorers.

Indiana 29 Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 13, 2012, by Rick Cope (coperw [at] comcast [dot] net)

I remember, as a young boy, traveling through the Sycamore trees and across the bridge. I remember my dad (Who was a bridge builder) telling me about the trees and the courdoroy road that used to pass through here and the swampy land. I thought that it was amazing that trees could grow from logs, but my dad told me that some trees commonly grew from logs, sycamore being one. I have noticed what seems to be an old right-of-way south of the trees heading west that looks like it would join IN 218 about a mile west and make 218 straight instead of curved coming into IN 29. I assumed it was an old ROW and the road forded Deer Creek about a mile west