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Island Park Bridge

Photos 

Postcard

BH Photo #152467

Map 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over Elkhart River at Island Park entrance
Location
Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by a fallen tree during a windstorm.
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; destroyed by a fallen tree in 1952.
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 18, 2019: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 1, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added Lost date and reason per Melissa's added photo.
  • January 20, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • 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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Comments 

Island Park Bridge
Posted January 21, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

At least the city didn't scrap it intentionally!

Island Park Bridge
Posted January 21, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you for replying Tony!

Island Park Bridge
Posted January 21, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup... I agree with Luke

Had never been able to find out what happened to this bridge!