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Dry Run Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Bob in March 2009

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BH Photo #221147

Map 

Description 

The abutments for this bridge date to 1874 and remain from a previous bridge on this site. The name Washer on the abutment plaque likely refers to William T. Washer, the most prominent Southern Indiana bridge builder. He started building covered bridges around 1860 using a variation of the Burr arch, with the Huffman Mill Bridge being the lone remaining example of this type. In the 1870's he was apparently an agent for the Smith Bridge Company and built 3 of this type in Gibson County between 1875-1877. The Old Red and Wheeling Bridges remain today. It is also documented that he built steel truss bridges for the Indiana Bridge Company in the 1890's.

Judging by the short overall span of this bridge and the piers, this was more likely a covered bridge of a simple type (possibly a multiple-kingpost) or maybe even a wooden pony or stringer.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Dry Run on Wyandotte Ave
Location
Crawford County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1996
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 93.5 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.18958, -86.32007   (decimal degrees)
38°11'22" N, 86°19'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/559542/4227067 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Leavenworth
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
141
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1300039 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 50352 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.4 (out of 100)
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Categories 

Beam (14,364)
Built 1930 (1,666)
Built during 1930s (11,242)
Continuous (2,319)
Crawford County, Indiana (31)
Functionally obsolete (7,182)
Indiana (4,625)
Open (38,205)
Owned by county (20,048)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,945)
Steel stringer (5,614)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,371)

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified dates and added information pertaining to the abutments.
  • November 29, 2011: New photos from Bob Spillman
  • November 28, 2011: Added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bob
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Dry Run Bridge
Posted November 29, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just looked more closely at the pictures Bob posted, and the center pier looks to be of concrete and was likely added in 1930 when the replacement stringer was built. I would feel confident that there was likely a covered bridge at this site previously.

I have some notes (somewhere) that a gentleman from the Tell City area sent to me many years ago. He had researched old papers and listed many of the bridges that Mr. Washer had built through the years. I will have to look for those and see if there is any mention of this bridge.

Dry Run Bridge
Posted November 29, 2011, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I put up a couple of pictures, next time I'm by there I'll have to check out the abutments better.

Dry Run Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I don't think the bridge seen today dates to 1874, but I think the abutment has a plaque from a former bridge on it.

The Historic Bridge Inventory lists this information

Year Built: 1930

Year Built Update: 1996

This suggests reconstructions occurred in both 1930 and 1996.

Additional Information From HBI Follows:

There was not sufficient information in the records to identify this bridge. [county research results]

Bridge plate text (mounted in abutment):

ERECTED 1874

WASHER & EVERDEN

CONTRACTORS

R. WIESE-FOREMAN

W.L. ELLESWARTH-SUPDT

L.P. MILLER

A.P. TROTTER J.R. LAMBEEN

COMMISSIONERS

Dry Run Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by J.P.

posted this bridge purely for its age, which is 1874.