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Aurora-Lawrenceburg Trail - Tanners Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by James McCray

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Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Tanners Creek on the Aurora-Lawrenceburg Trail (former NYC railroad line) in Lawrenceburg
Location
Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1882 over Tanners Creek on the former Cincinnati and Southern Ohio River Railway it later became in 1915 a part of the 'Big 4' rail line. Currently restored as a pedestrian bridge on the Aurora-Lawrenceburg Trail.
Builder
- Kellogg & Maurice Bridge Co. of Athens, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.07982, -84.87082   (decimal degrees)
39°04'47" N, 84°52'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/684170/4327792 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lawrenceburg
Inventory number
BH 42555 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 19, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • December 27, 2015: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • June 17, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added owner information.
  • February 26, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • May 11, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • May 10, 2009: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Mike Mullins
  • Mike Daffron

Comments 

Tanners Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2010, by tracy abbott (stationhollow1960 [at] gmail [dot] com)

HELLO ED I MADE IT BACK TO THE SITE.YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT ABOUT THE TRACK BEING INTERURBAN BECAUSE THERE WAS A CL&A (CINCINNATI LAWRENCEBURG AND AURORA ) RAIL LINE. IM FROM THE AREA AND HAVE 32 YEARS ON THE GREAT OLD B&O (CSX). IM NOT A LOCAL EXPERT BUT I DO REMEMBER 2 OTHER BRIDGES WEST OF TANNERS CREEK BRIDGE AND THE LINE INTERCHANGED AGAIN AT AURORA WITH THE B&O. THE TANNERS CREEK BRIDGE PHOTO IS AFTER THE PARTIAL REPAIRS DONE TO THE BRIDGE 5 OR 6 YEARS AGO. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF RAILS TO TRAILS MONEY AND THE DEDICATION OF THE CITYS OF LAWRENCEBURG AND AURORA.

Tanners Creek Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Thanks Tracy. I had been meaning to get back to this but you beat me to it. The main map I use is the 1948 Railroad Guide reprint by Kalambach. I went through some pre WW 1 maps I found on line that did infact show the line to Aurora. Part of the confusion was a map I saw that showed an interurban line in the same general vicinity. It might still be a possibility that the bridge was built by the railroad and was later used for a short period by an interurban in the 1920's or 30's.

Tanners Creek Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by tracy abbott (stationhollow1960 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yes it is a NYC bridge. the local history states they wanted to build a line to RISING SUN IN. along the ohio river but only made it to AURORA IN. if you look you can see the old NYC and O&M interchange signal foundations about 100 yards east of the bridge and some of the rails still in the asphalt in AURORA near where the NYC bridge crossed over HOGAN CREEK. i remember watching CONRAIL trains switching between LAWRENCEBURG and AURORA in the early seventies. i havent seen their bridge over HOGAN CREEK (long gone) listed. that might be good research for someone. also im no expert but im thinking the line was begun by PENN CENTRAL. you guys have a great website and really do a great service to american history.

Tanners Creek Bridge
Posted February 27, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Are you sure that is the NY Central? I'm pretty sure it's ex B&O. The line next to it is CSX formally B&O and originally Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. The NY Central (ex Big4 line) follows US 50 into Cincinnati after it leaves Tanner Creek. My maps don't show it going west at all, but it could be missing something.