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Perfect Farm Bridge

Photo 

Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer in December 2020

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BH Photo #521710

Video 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJXksnc3icw

To see a video of the abutments, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJXksnc3icw

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Description 

Many people who have visited Perfect North Slopes ski resort in Dearborn County, Indiana are familiar with the long drive back to the parking lot but few know the history of that roadway and the bridge they use to cross over Tanners Creek.

I spoke to Clyde Perfect, founder of Perfect North Slopes, about 10 years before he passed away on August 26, 2020. Clyde told me that there were possibly as many as 3 different railroad alignments that came down through the Tanners Creek Valley and across his property. The current railroad alignment parallels state route 1 and carries trains daily between the rail yard in Cincinnati and the Honda Plant in Greensburg, Indiana.

Perfect Lane sits on the previous railroad alignment, That alignment then crossed Tanners Creek at this location and continued on southeast. The old Perfect driveway sits on this alignment as well.

The massive railroad bridge abutments still stand and support the current bridge leading back to Perfect North Slopes. However, there use to be a steel through truss bridge at this location. No pictures exist of that bridge however aerial photos show that it was still standing as late as 1970. After the bridge was removed, portions of it were used to build the new bridge that is currently in use.

Another railroad alignment was built between the previously mentioned alignment and the current alignment in this area. It also crossed Tanners Creek just 100 yards north of the current bridge. The cut stone bridge abutment from that crossing still exists on the north side of the creek and portions of the steel rail lines can still be found along the banks fo the creek.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren Through truss bridge on old railroad corridor over Tanner's Creek.
Location
Dearborn County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new road bridge reusing the old abutments.
Design
Warren through truss
Also called
NYC - Tanners Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.15258, -84.88675   (decimal degrees)
39°09'09" N, 84°53'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/682604/4335835 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96871 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Dearborn County, Indiana (81)
Indiana (5,182)
Lost (29,975)
Replaced by new bridge (20,394)
Through truss (17,848)
Truss (36,745)
Warren through truss (1,725)
Warren truss (7,089)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2022: Updated by Luke: Fixed name
  • February 27, 2022: New video from Satolli Glassmeyer

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Comments 

Perfect Farm Bridge
Posted February 27, 2022, by Luke

Per research, the railroad bridge was replaced as part of their conversion of their farm to a ski resort.

https://www.newspapers.com/image/764453396/?terms=%22Perfect...