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Country Club Suspension bridge

Photo 

Looking South across Wabash River to Country Club

Postcard View from where nearby interurban flag stop would have been

Historic Postcard

BH Photo #136831

Map 

Brief History 

Written by James Norwood

The glamorous life it must have been when the Ft. Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Company agreed to put in a small flagstop station for golfers if a bridge could be built across the Wabash River from the Country Club. Soon thereafter, a suspension bridge was constructed and flag stop depot put up and golfers had a quick way to get to their greens. The Logansport/Cass County Country Club's Clubhouse is actually located on an Island itself, Rock Island, and is connected to Country Club Road via it's own concrete stringer bridge to the South. The Wabash Railroad ran alongside the Interurban track North of the Wabash River too, but I haven't found evidence they also provided any service to the golf course but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Heavy rains began to fall in early March 1913 while snow was still on the ground leading to the GREAT FLOOD OF 1913. Many bridges in this area were destoyed including this short-lived suspension bridge, the only one of it's type in Cass County. It was never rebuilt and just over 20 years later, the interurban line itself was abandoned. UPDATE APRIL 13, 2009-MOSAIC OF WABASH RIVER AERIAL PHOTOS VIA PURDUE UNIVERSITY'S WEBSITE FROM 1929 STILL SHOWS THIS BRIDGE>UNKNOWN IF IT WAS REMAINS OR REBUILT, MORE INVESTIGATION NEEDED. LONG GONE TODAY>

Interesting that it was built over the former Wabash and Erie Canal itself, but today only a short section of the old line and Canal ROW is still used through here as Coonhunter Road, and further West but unconnected as Potawatomi Road. No traces remain of this bridge or flagstop depot, but the Country Club is still there known today as the Logansport Golf Club, just West of Country Road 600 East.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Wabash River on Walkway bridge for Golfing club
Location
Cass County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by flood
History
Built to connect the Logansport Country Club with the Ft. Wayne and Wabash Valley Interurban line, perhaps Wabash Railroad as well
Design
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75631, -86.26870   (decimal degrees)
40°45'23" N, 86°16'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/561729/4511962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Logansport
Inventory number
BH 42282 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Cass County, Indiana (84)
Destroyed by flood (338)
Golf Course (29)
Indiana (4,200)
Lost (18,940)
Lost 1913 (76)
Lost during 1910s (336)
Suspension (609)
Wabash River (96)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood