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Oakdale Dam Bridge




BH Photo #175573



Contract price for this bridge was $9,129.80 View a picture at http://www.carrollcountymuseum.org/photo/item.php?in=101264 Full Story of bridges history and a view of a piece that survives today can be found at http://www.douglascoulter.com/BridgeSigns/body_columbia_brid...


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 725N
Carroll County, Indiana, and White County, Indiana
Built 1888 by the Columbia Bridge Company, demolished in 1984
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio (successors to) [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
(2)13-panel, pinned Whipple through trusses.
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Also called
Oakendale Mill Bridge
Oakdale Mill Bridge
Sheets Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.65333, -86.75651   (decimal degrees)
40°39'12" N, 86°45'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/520584/4500303 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Monticello South
Inventory number
BH 44460 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • February 14, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added CBCo. to CBW to be technically correct
  • September 24, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • August 31, 2010: New photo from Richard Hendrix
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Added names, Links to photo and Story about bridge
  • March 16, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon



Oakdale Dam Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes... It was indeed a Whipple

Oakdale Dam Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like a Whipple to me.

Oakdale Dam Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

In the pictures the bridge looks like a double intersection Pratt or Whipple. I changed the designation, can anyone confirm?


Art S.

CR 725 North Oakdale Dam Bridge
Posted March 17, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for adding the links for this bridge James. Back in 2006 while I was doing inspection on an iron bridge rehabilitation, I came across a picture of one of the portals on the bridge. I didn't think to copy it then, and of course now I can't find it!

Oakdale Dam Bridge
Posted March 16, 2010, by James Norwood

I forgot about this one, thanks Anthony. The most memorable trip across this bridge was with my classmates from Yoeman Elementary School as we passed over on a school bus while on our way to Camp Tecumseh. I remember not being worried that it would collapse, just worried that we would hit the top of the truss. This was of course replaced quickly with the view of the dam and the adjacent restaurant located on a hill near the dam gates and main structure with the sign reading "Best Dam Catfish" hanging beside part of the spillway. This would be the Spring of 1982.