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Bristol Bridge

Photos 

Pre 1923 photo

Elkhart County Historical Museum Collection

BH Photo #444764

Map 

Description 

One of 3 Whipple design bowstring structures built in Elkhart County around 1869 by Simon de Graff of New York. Several more were built over the St. Joseph just to the North in Michigan.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Division Street
Location
Bristol, Elkhart County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1869 by Simon de Graff; replaced in 1907 and one span relocated to Island Park in Elkhart where it stood until being destroyed by a storm in 1952.
Builders
- Simon de Graff of Syracuse, New York (Builder)
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Design)
Design
Whipple design Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72231, -85.81739   (decimal degrees)
41°43'20" N, 85°49'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/598366/4619620 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84687 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2019: New photos from Tony Dillon

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