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Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge

Photos 

looking South from Biddle's Island(probably from Wabash Railroad bridge)

notice Interurban side remains, wagon/roadway bridge has been washed off piers in this 1913 flood photo.

Cass County Historical Society

BH Photo #159598

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Arch bridge over Wabash River(S Crossing) on Burlington Avenue aka Indiana 25/old US 35/old Ind 29
Location
Logansport, Cass County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1988. Originally a wooden bridge here, later a through truss Iron which was washed away in 1913 flood. Interurban bridge connected on East side survived. Later Concrete Arch here.
Design
Concrete Arch and replacement were built with curve as roadway makes a turn from South side to access Biddle's Island in Wabash River which sits at angle.
Also called
3rd Street Wabash bridge South Crossing
Biddle Island Bridge (another on North side known as this as well)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74891, -86.36601   (decimal degrees)
40°44'56" N, 86°21'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/553521/4511077 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Anoka
Inventory number
BH 44644 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (12,167)
Built 1913 (866)
Built during 1910s (9,676)
Cass County, Indiana (91)
Indiana (4,933)
Logansport, Indiana (36)
Lost (24,991)
Lost 1988 (174)
Lost during 1980s (1,398)
Owned by county (20,853)
Replaced by new bridge (16,782)

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2014: Updated by James Norwood: Noted that Indiana 25 now routed across this location due to Hoosier Heartland Highway opening and route change for Indiana 25
  • March 28, 2010: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Looking North towards Biddle's Island - You can see Judge Biddles home as well as the Wabash Railroad tracks in background with Burlington Avenue and Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction bridge in foreground. Unknown date, probably pre 1912

Comments 

Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge
Posted August 6, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

You're very welcome!

Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge
Posted August 6, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

That's okay Melissa. I knew you could find something on this one. It just caught me by surprise when I suddenly ran into a 30th anniversary article online. From what you put, it sounds like it was the north bridge from Biddle Island. The one listed here I think is the south one, and the north isn't listed. But they were both concrete arch. Thanks for posting this Melissa.

Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge
Posted August 5, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The Times: April 17 1988

Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge
Posted August 5, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tom, I'm so sorry I just saw this comment. I will look for something for you

Burlington Avenue Wabash Bridge
Posted July 28, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Some time ago, I all of a sudden found an article about a disaster during the demolition of either this bridge or the one to the north! It said a crane with like a wrecking ball along with maybe seven men were on the bridge while the crane was knocking down one of the spans. Then the ball twisted the pier causing a CHAIN REACTION collapse of the whole bridge sending the crane and all the men into the water. Luckily no one was killed but I think it said most of them had broken bones. Melissa, do you suppose you can find any articles on this?