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Middle Fork Driveway Bridge

Photos 

East truss bolted connection

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in April 2015

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BH Photo #324206

Map 

Video 

Middle Fork Driveway Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Description 

A rare surviving pre-1900 Warren pony truss that appears to have had some members riveted together at the bridge plant and then was bolted together at the site. Although the original location is unknown at the present time, it was likely acquired when it was replaced off of a county road and moved to serve as access to a house across the creek.

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Middle Fork Wildcat Creek on Private driveway
Location
Carroll County, Indiana
Status
Open to private traffic with large I-beams carrying the load
History
Built by the Chicago Bridge Company in 1894 at an unknown location and later relocated here.
Builder
- Chicago Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Very early example of a Warren pony truss
Mostly bolted together with some members riveted (likely in the bridge shop)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44593, -86.55678   (decimal degrees)
40°26'45" N, 86°33'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/537586/4477347 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rossville
Inventory number
BH 67486 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 11, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 9, 2015: Added by Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Middle Fork Driveway Bridge
Posted November 11, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Btw, I did not swipe it.

Middle Fork Driveway Bridge
Posted November 10, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe the house at driveway is now derelict. The deck on the bridge is terrible. Also, North-side name plate got swiped.