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Old Johnson Street Bridge

Photo 

Pre 1923 photo

Elkhart County Historical Museum Collection

BH Photo #444763

Map 

Description 

This was an early example of a Columbia Bridge Works bridge. The portal design included beautiful cast iron bracing and unique "3-prong" finial design at the endpost/upper chord connections. The only other example I have seen was in the small town of Howard in Knox County, Ohio. It was built in 1874 by CBW and sadly was demolished in 2007.

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Johnson Street
Location
Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in the early 1870's by the Columbia Bridge Works; replaced in 1918 with a Warren Deck Truss structure.
Builder
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Design
3-span, pinned Pratt through truss (Wrought and cast iron)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.69317, -85.96611   (decimal degrees)
41°41'35" N, 85°57'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/586034/4616226 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84686 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron", "Wooden deck", "Cast iron"

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Old Johnson Street Bridge
Posted March 17, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's one for ya Art S!

No doubt in my mind it's an early 1870's Columbia Bridge Works product as those funky "pronged" finials match this one...

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