Indiana Landmarks has decided to spend $121,000 repairing the bridge before turning it over to the township who will spend more to make it a part of the trail.
This bridge is now on the 2016 Indiana Landmarks Most Endangered List. And for good reason, based on their photos of one of the stone piers. Also has a construction date of 1891 for this bridge.
Had a glorious day free from work, so I decided to grab the GPS and go Bridge Hunting. Found this wondrously thrilling bridge and decided that I'm just not brave enough to cross it. Did walk to the first platform though. Gorgeous view from way up there.
Thanks for posting the pictures here. I remember seeing this some 40 years ago and recently due to a love of photography I was wondering if it was still there. After seeing your pics from a couple of years ago I just had to go check it out for myself. While there I also took some pictures which I'll try to post....THANKS AGAIN!
Iím glad to see someone posted photos of this bridge.
This is a very cool bridge, creepy to walk across even now.
The first time I did it the rails were still in place, and I wasnít sure the line wasnít still active. But from the amount of rust on the rails I didn't think it was used very often. Even so, half way across my imagination got the best of me and I swore I heard a train coming.
Looking closely at the first photo you can see the platforms hanging out over the edge, and at that time they were in decent shape and even had railings around them, though somewhat flimsy looking. My first thought was if a train was coming I could simply step out onto the nearest one. My second thought was to run, even though running across open ties is quite a challenge, a train would have to be pretty close for me to stand on one of those as it passed.
I found out later that the line was abandoned and there wasnít any reason for me to go running back and forth from a train that didnít exist.
Iíve been across it many times since and Iíve tried several times to get pictures, but itís not an easy bridge to photograph, especially with the amount of overgrowth and steepness of the banks near the abutments.
Thanks for doing what I couldnít.
If you are into rail bridges, strongly recommend this one.
A long way to the bottom, spans a canyon with Deer Creek at the bottom. At east end of Delphi Historic Trail System. Leave Delphi on St. Hwy. 25 north turn east on 300N - just past former RR overpass, now part of trail system. Follow 300N approx. 1/2 mile, SMALL parking area on south side - trail system sign at parking area. Follow trail till it intersects with former RR bed ( now groomed trail ) turn left and follow to brigde - 1/4 mile. WARNING - STRAIGHT DROP OFF AT ABUTTEMENTS - LONG LONG WAY TO THE CREEK BELOW !