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Island Park Bridge

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Description 

One of 3 Whipple design bowstrings that Simon DeGraff built in Elkhart County around 1869.

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Overview
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over Elkhart River at Island Park entrance
Location
Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana
Status
Lost
History
Built in 1869 by Simon Degraff as part of a 2-span bridge over the St. Joseph's River in Bristol, this span relocated here in 1907.
Builders
- Simon de Graff of Syracuse, New York (Builder)
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Designer)
Design
Whipple design cast iron bowstring through truss.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 133.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.69104, -85.97354   (decimal degrees)
41°41'28" N, 85°58'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/585419/4615983 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elkhart
Inventory number
BH 43886 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Research Courtesy Of Jim Cooper
  • March 15, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Probably Simon DeGraff per research James Stewart"
  • December 14, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder, date, and historical information.
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This is a Whipple arch type bowstring.
  • January 14, 2010: Added by Joshua Collins

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