US 24 (OLD) Cottonwood Creek bridge
Photo taken by James Norwood
BH Photo #161557
Written by James Norwood
Interesting location as Wabash River, TP&W Railroad, this old highway alignment, newer US 24 alignment, and long abandoned Wabash and Erie Canal all run beside each other here in this narrow confine that has a large hill immediately North of all. This site once had lumber mills in mid 1800's. Pennsylvania Railroad had a horrible train wreck near here that had passenger cars go into the adjacent river causing many deaths. Another catastrophe involved an Eastbound canal boat, or packet, named "Kentucky" was swept away into the river in June 1844 while the creek was swiftfully flowing damaging the canals crossing of this creek resulting in the death of 3. Cottonwood Creeks mouth is here where it goes into the Wabash River. Just East of here is Fitch's Glen, a local spot of historical significance that can be looked up via Google.
- Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cottonwood Creek on former section of US 24 on different alignment
- Cass County, Indiana
- Closed to all traffic
- Future prospects
- Available for reuse
- Bridge is on former alignment of US 24. Currently used by utility companies for access to poles.
- Closed-spandrel arch
Span length: 48.0 ft.
Total length: 48.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.75655, -86.43200 (decimal degrees)
40°45'24" N, 86°25'55" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/547945/4511887 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- 600 ft. above sea level
- Inventory number
- BH 44810 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 31, 2014: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
- April 8, 2010: Essay added by James Norwood