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Liggett Road Railroad Bridge Abutments

Description 

Heading west out of Guilford, Indiana on Bonnell Road youíll travel about 2 miles when the road begins to curve to the right. However, if you pay attention and look straight youíll see several large concrete bin blocks, also known as barriers. Whatís behind these barriers is a cool piece of history hiding in the brush.

What you see behind the barriers are the remains of an old railroad line that continued east into Guilford, Indiana. Going west it crossed the West Fork of Tanners Creek at this location. The trestle is long gone but the two stone bridge abutments on either side of the creek are still standing. The abutments were dry stacked meaning there was no mortar used. These abutments will still be standing hundreds if not thousands of years from now if not disturbed. The line continued west where it again crossed the West fork of Tanners Creek using a trestle at this location but not before running over this small stone culvert which is one of my all time favorite historic stone structures.

Another piece of interesting history at this location is Liggett Road which starts at Kaiser Drive. It originally came all the way down the hill and forded the creek just 50 yards downstream from these bridge abutments. It then jogged back and used the former railroad berm as a road up to Bonnell Road. However, as you can see, this portion of Liggett Road is closed now and hasnít appeared on a road map since the early 1990s.

Here's a link to a video of the abutments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2FKiWfpfaI&t=2s

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over West Fork of Tanners Creek on Abandoned Railroad
Location
Guilford, Dearborn County, Indiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1864
Design
Stone Bridge Abutment
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16383, -84.92434   (decimal degrees)
39°09'50" N, 84°55'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/679327/4337008 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96813 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (9,059)
Built 1864 (42)
Built during 1860s (685)
Dearborn County, Indiana (81)
Guilford, Indiana (4)
Indiana (5,182)
Lost (29,975)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added approximate location to map
  • February 22, 2022: Added by Satolli Glassmeyer

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