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Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge

Photo 

ca. 1936 C.C. Kain photo

Indiana Historical Society

BH Photo #446461

Map 

Description 

George Woerntz was described as a "Roving Eastern Bridge Builder", this span and the Houlton Bridge are the only ones known to have been built by him in Indiana.

When a new bridge was constructed in 1966 the old one was moved to the side of the road. It sat there for about 6 years before it was purchased by Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement near Fishers in Hamilton County. They safely stored it intact for nearly 3 decades before it was finally restored and incorporated into the park.

Facts 

Overview
Howe through truss bridge over Cedar Creek on County Road 68
Location
De Kalb County, Indiana
Status
Relocated to Conner Prairie in Hamilton County for preservation.
History
Built in 1884 by George Woerntz & Son; relocated in the 1970's to Conner Prairie in Hamilton County.
Builder
- George Woerntz & Son
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 110.0 ft.
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.27982, -85.11068   (decimal degrees)
41°16'47" N, 85°06'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/658224/4571541 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon

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