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CSX - Milroy Crossing

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Description 

Recently, construction of Indiana highway 25 into a 4 lane divided highway has cut across the former Monon route line between the old Indiana 25 Monon bridge (BH 36771) and this Milroy Crossing bridge. This work once again exposed this long forgotten bridge usually covered in trees and other vegetation. Site is famous for supposedly being the site of the "Milroy Sculptures", an allusive set of stone carvings that has long been sought after but have apparently been unearthed and removed to an unknown location. It was said that at one time Monon passenger trains would slow down so riders could view these elaborate works cut into the stone along the rail line. Recently, a construction laboror died working in this area after a portion of the old railroad roadbed collapsed burying him alive during the "Hoosier Heartland Highway" construction. Unknown if bridge will remain, but it is known that a new pedestrian bridge will be constructed across the new highway to connect the old railroad line as it is now part of the Delphi Historic Trails network.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Milroy farm access lane on Formerly CSX Transportation(nee Seaboard, L&N, Monon, Chicago Indianapolis and Louisville Railroads)
Location
Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic. New Hoosier Heartland Highway construction immediately adjacent to old bridge.
Future prospects
Is part of Delphi Historic Trails currently running from town to former Monon High Bridge over Deer Creek just South of here.
History
Probably built so former prominant Delphi citizen Samual Milroy could access his lower fields along Deer Creek from his historic homestead. Recent Indiana 25 construction has removed all trees at this location and once again exposed it's existance.
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chicago, Indianapolis, & Louisville Railway (CIL)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
- Monon Railroad (MON)
- Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL)
Also called
Monon - Milroy Crossing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.59338, -86.65316   (decimal degrees)
40°35'36" N, 86°39'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/529348/4493678 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Delphi
Inventory number
BH 55075 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2013: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood

Comments 

CSX - Milroy Crossing
Posted February 4, 2015, by Jim Wolfe (wolfeden46939 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is what it looked like before the railroad grade was breached for the highway. The Milroy house is to the right and behind the bridge, photographer is looking South East.

CSX - Milroy Crossing
Posted February 4, 2015, by Jim Wolfe (wolfeden46939 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have more photos of that bridge then most people. I would like you to consider posting some of them here if you will. A funny thing that the Monon Historical society did not know of this bridge until I pointed it out. Some of the members had even walked across it several times. LOL

Thanks Jim Wolfe