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Posted June 21, 2017, by john gerbracht (gjr38 [at] qwestoffice [dot] net)

This bridge was on CR 300 W; just west (downstream) of the NYC double track bridge over the Iroquois River, itself just a short distance west of the US 41 bridge over the river. I grew up in this area.

Posted June 20, 2017, by Roy Kreutler (roykreutler14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

These are a few pics I took of the Williams Bridge back on August 10, 2013

Posted June 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, that might be behind the confusion... Road bridge is what's documented here.

Posted June 18, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The little bridge on the road over the creek is hard to see. The railroad bridge has steel stringers.

Posted June 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dave, I took the pics of this little span several years ago before I had any real interest in concrete structures... And even now that is mostly just arches. I don't think I could crawl under it if I wanted to, but it's definitely not a steel stringer.

Posted June 17, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

NBI has this little bridge as a steel stringer. I don't see a tee beam as it's listed.

Posted June 17, 2017, by Scott Kimmell (newschannel15 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tried to access this bridge to take pictures, however despite online map listings, CR 1150N, once west from the CR 800W T-intersection, becomes nearly impassible. Even 4 wheel drive vehicles or ATVs wouldn't be recommended. Sullivan County no longer maintains this section, nor does it maintain CR 875W. The bridge may still be intact, but the only recommended access is by foot (and in very dry weather, as the area is prone to flooding).

Posted June 17, 2017, by Scott Kimmell (newschannel15 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The road, "Farmersburg Street", had been closed (and actually removed) due to mining. A couple of years ago, however, a gravel road was put back in place, mainly for farming access on the formerly mined land. While rough, it does lead up to the remaining paved road just south of the bridge, and the bridge can be driven over. The barriers on the north side have been mostly removed from the roadway (and can be passed easily from either direction). While the "Road Closed" and "Blasting Area" signs remain, they're becoming quickly overgrown.

Posted June 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fleeta I sent you an email

Posted June 14, 2017, by Fleeta K. Arthur (yakfleet [at] gmail [dot] com)

May need some help on iron bridge structures, this bridge

is highly significant in the evolution of the Indianapolis

Bridge company - Indiana Bridge Company.

Planning to put this bridge on National Register fist, then

Sparksville.

Problem with river erosion-Commissioners and Indot will probably want to destroy this structure if possible, not realizing the significance of the this structure as they did with the Post combination truss to engineering history.

We can arrest and build bigger jails and court rooms

but we can't spend a dime on anything which might attract

someone to visit Jackson County which might provide someone

a job.

Interested in the interaction of various bridge companies and the personal relationship with the various players in the Indiana Bridge Company.

Posted June 10, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sad news of this loss... The bridge was poorly maintained for decades, but still could have been rehabilitated! A very scenic location has been scarred by a slab of pure ugliness!

Lawrence County fails yet again!

Posted June 9, 2017, by B (brandonfatherofmaximus [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been removed now, and replaced with a boring, modern bridge. Great job Lawrence county:/

Posted June 6, 2017, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

The road was indeed realigned for the new bridge, based on what my father has told me. Portions of the old road still exist just off the new alignment.

Posted June 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Excellent that their are pix on the way. Boo that it is damaged. I have tried to get permission to see this bridge for quite a while with no luck.

Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting that this is heralded as a Section 106 success:

http://www.achp.gov/docs/Section106SuccessStory_MiltonMadiso...

Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted June 2, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ron has sent me some photos of this Bedstead truss, which unfortunately has suffered a near catastrophic failure due to flooding. It would take someone removing the trusses and having them repaired. This bridge is located in a rather remote location. I will add the photos ASAP.

Posted June 1, 2017, by Ronald Enlow (renlow [at] counterdesignco [dot] com)

I have some pictures of this bridge if interested. It recently lost it's middle section of concrete to high water. Have pics of before and after.

Posted May 31, 2017, by Anonymous

This is a Whipple truss, despite the fact that the interpretive sign depicts a covered bridge.

Posted May 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My buddy Tom Hall had talked about this bridge a few years ago but never got a chance to photograph it, good to see some pics!

Posted May 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is VERY visible from I65, in the middle of a windmill field. Also, just around 1,000 feet to the east, on ditch, is this abutment.

Posted May 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is one Skewed dude!

Posted May 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow... Nice rehabilitation on this one!

Posted May 26, 2017, by Gregory M. Plunk (gplunk60 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am interested in purchasing the Hoagland Ditch Bridge in White County Indiana.

Gregory M. Plunk

2586 N 1200 East Rd

Mansfield, Il. 61854

(217) 493-4347

Posted May 26, 2017, by Anthony J Clevenger (starfury1 [dot] 0 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They have closed the road I believe they are going to replace the bridge but it was a surprise so not in the budget

http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/local/2016/04/14/crumblin...

Posted May 23, 2017, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The top photo is not in Danville, however I did finally find an old photo of a yearbook from 1937 of The Central Normal College In Danville, with the bridge in the background. Resolution is not great but you can make out the adbutments with overhead railbed.

Posted May 21, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 21, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 18, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Time for solid I-Beam Headache bars since this has happened at least 3 times now! And they need to be far enough away as not to disrupt with photography.

Posted May 18, 2017, by Chris (cfdellarocco [at] gmail [dot] com)

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Parke County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information in regards to damage done to the Jackson Covered Bridge located on Bdale Road over Sugar Creek.

Deputies report on Tuesday around 11:30 p.m. they were called to the bridge to investigate the damage.

They report the damage is consistent with a large truck and they believe a semi attempted to go through the bridge. Damage shows the vehicle made it part way through.

Officials are looking for a dark blue semi that should have damage to the upper most part of the cab.

If you have any information, contact the Parke County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 569-5413.

http://www.wthitv.com/story/35451055/jackson-covered-bridge-...

Hell's Gate (Indiana)
Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah... Need a Gondola to get through there right now!

Hell's Gate (Indiana)
Posted May 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice shot Janis, any ghost trains or boats!?

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Salt trucks strike again!

Posted May 17, 2017, by GIRailfan (rgeceo [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently this bridge is slated to be demolished sometime in the near future. Work is to be done by IDOT. I don't know if it will happen this year or in 2018.

Posted May 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bad news for all 3 Noble County RR overpasses.

http://m.kpcnews.com/news/latest/new_era/article_f7096416-25...

Posted April 29, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

SHAARD coordinates show that the road might have been realigned. Very large deviation, if it did.

Posted April 26, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Tee beam is interesting because of the Brick that is layed into the side of the bridge. Not sure if its decoration or if it actually helps support the structure.

Posted April 25, 2017, by Anonymous

The gospel of Jesus Christ Shall be preached!!!!!

Posted April 25, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like its about to get cleaned up and used again for a trail finally.

http://bernewitness.com/news/indiana-economic-development-co...

Posted April 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think all truss bridges under replacement should be disassembled and stored for at least 10 years!

Posted April 21, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tree removal on the north side of the bridge has started.

Posted April 20, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It just seems that some visitors are hesitant to do more than post a comment, which increases the work that the webmaster has to do. It's really not very hard to add a photo or edit the entry, actually surprisingly easy.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm just happy to have the input... Especially from a county engineer! I wish all county engineers would show the interest in their historic bridges that Mr. Einselen in Miami County does! That would be an awesome thing!!

Posted April 19, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If he is not a registered user, he might not be able to. Hopefully he will sign up. Indiana has an incredible selection of bridges, so it would be great to have another Indiana contributor on here.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Why not add the name to the bridge entry?

Posted April 19, 2017, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyin [dot] gov)

This bridge is identified as B-90 in the county inventory.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyin [dot] gov)

This bridge is identified as B-99 in the county bridge inventory and was locally referred to as "Thunder Bridge" due to the wood plank deck "thundering" as vehicles crossed the structure.

Zinn Bridge (Indiana)
Posted April 19, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I assume then that the beautiful cast portal bracings have probably survived in one form or another.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyiin [dot] gov)

This bridge had several components that were wrought iron. The contractor allowed local blacksmithing enthusiasts to salvage much of the wrought iron. The wrought iron was then distributed to several historical sites that had blacksmiths for use in the blacksmith shops.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyin [dot] gov)

This bridge is locally referred to as the ZINN BRIDGE.

Posted April 15, 2017, by Ron Huggler (ronald_h62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can you give me the date of construction? Do you have any other history, on this bridge?

I grew up and still live one block away...when I was a kid I used to run over to see the Pennsylvania R.R.'s Jeffersonisn and Spirit of St. Louis steam by.

I am an historian/researcher for the Irvington Historical Society and am currently doing a history of my neighborhood.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

I can be reached at this email address or by phone at 317-357-5594

Thanks, Ron Huggler

Posted April 13, 2017, by Ryan Schilling (schillrw [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted April 11, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Good News

Indiana Landmarks has decided to spend $121,000 repairing the bridge before turning it over to the township who will spend more to make it a part of the trail.

Read

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/35123298/revamp-o...

for details.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I drove by this one a few times...

The way-too-heavy concrete deck was falling off of it, but the trusses were in pretty good shape... Would have made a nice trail bridge somewhere!

Posted April 8, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

http://www.bcdemocrat.com/2017/04/06/a_bridge_apart/

Can someone copy over the article and pictures or post it in the news section? I'd rather not fill the forum with it.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Posted April 6, 2017, by doug (jdmdoug [at] yahoo [dot] com)

-- You don't have a photo of Cumberland Road bridge in Noblesville, IN. Attached is one from 2014. Just FYI, Doug.

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted April 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You should have checked out the Hays Cemetery just South of the bridge Nathan... That place is creepy, even in the daytime!

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted April 4, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I saw an older local resident at this bridge who also conveyed the story of this bridge being haunted, although he also said it was most certainly just a story (as a scientific person I wholeheartedly agree). I had fun showing him Jim Barker's "secret" rehab plaque (he hides them in the inside of the endpost channel), he had never noticed it before.

Posted April 3, 2017, by Don Morrison

Thanks Tony;

I set the coordinates to the location where I believe the bridge crossed Salt Creek.

Bing shows the road coming from the Maumee area up almost to this crossing. it would have intersected Blue Creek Road a bit north of this crossing. I will also add the Maumee Road over Sycamore Branch 1935 bridge.

Posted April 2, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sorry everybody. It has been replaced with... rocks? Thursday's Bloomington Herald-Times had an article titled "Goodbye, Yellowwood Road", subbed 'After almost 30 years of plans and protests, state forest's neighbors forced to face loss of their rustic, rutted roadway'. Will get pix asap.

Posted April 1, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's Paragon Road, and whatever was there previous it was replaced the same year as this one, 1974. Both of the modern spans are nearly identical in size, so one would assume that the older Paragon Road bridge might have been similar in size to the Blue Bluff structure.

Posted April 1, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ok. It goes into the backside of 37 by Morgan-Monroe State Forest. I don't know anything on this one, but I will scan the horizons and see what I can find.

Posted April 1, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

Thanks for the info Mike. South of Paragon is a road with a few sharp curves(also known for flooding), then crosses the White River on a modern bridge.

Posted March 30, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think the deck of Blue Bluff was just wood. CR390E is also known as Henderson-Ford Road. It was a thru truss, like Blue Bluff. I can't find any pix of it. We used to go there a lot when I was a kid just to mess around. I guess a log truck fell thru it around 1968. I'm not sure which item your talking about south of Paragon. I grew up between Mooresville and Waverly. We used to frequent a place there known as Southlake. When we were done swimming, we used to travel to the store in Waverly for snacks and the like. There was a thru truss there, but I don't recall much of it.

Posted March 30, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

A neat structure that once existed. Glad the public library could provide these photos. Is that deck corrugated metal or something? I've been to this location and the road is heavily traveled. I've also been wondering what bridges existed on CR 390E just to the east, and the one south of Paragon. And does anybody know what type of bridge was in Waverly? Driven to that location with a bridge marked on a map. There was an old One Lane Bridge sign and saw that the bridge had been removed and not replaced.

Posted March 30, 2017, by Gary R. Stephens (rebel9668 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced last year.

Posted March 28, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

Well there have been a few bridges at this location. First there was a 3-span Kennedy covered bridge well over 500 feet in length. It had a short 20 year life being destroyed by a storm like in the 1890s. All this according to the George Gould guidebook. I'd say this through truss was built after the storm and replaced by the stringer bridge in 1950. Then that bridge was replaced like last year.

Posted March 26, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Why would they have done a 1990 inspection on a bridge that had been closed for over 40 years? I will discount the traffic count of 100 as a WAG.

Posted March 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds plausible to me Don... Thanks for the great detective work!

And yes, I agree that an edit post feature would be nice if possible. Many times I have written a long-winded comment and posted it... Only to find that I made a typo or other gaffe of some kind!

Posted March 25, 2017, by Don Morrison

There was a bridge at 39.068438, -86.300785. It was gone before 1998 Google Earth imagery, so it may have been in place for 1992 and 1996 NBI.

The bridge doesn't exactly cross Middle Fork, but it's road begins near Maumee Rd, and may have been an extension of Maumee rd. at one time. Bing calls it N. county road 1300W.

In fact, a bridge in Jackson County on the same road has been listed as a Maumee rd bridge, over Combs creek.

So, maybe we can assume that the Maumee Rd. over Sycamore concrete bridge (1935) (NBI) (at 39.049813, -86.288802) is also along this road between the geo coordinates I gave for the lost bridge area and the Combs creek bridge, and get a 2 for 1 bridge locations.

Anyone agree?

The Sycamore bridge can be seen in Bing and both Sycamore and the lost bridge area can be seen in Google Earth 3/30/2005 imagery.

Note to James: Is it possible to add an edit post option to the forum?

Posted March 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Glad you got to it Mike! I have some rather poor quality County highway department pics of it taken I guess when it was still open, but I decided not to post them here. Good to know it still exists!

Posted March 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure if the coordinates are correct though, from my knowledge of the area Maumee Road is farther to the South.

Posted March 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great! I will track down the photo I have of Maumee Road bridge!

Posted March 25, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I tracked down the coordinates for this bridge from the 1996 NBI, and it appears that this is the same bridge as this:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/brown/elkinsville-youno/

Posted March 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have searched everywhere in this area for this and Maumee Road bridge in Jackson County. The park rangers that I have talked to don't know anything about truss bridges in the park. I believe that, since the county line is very much the center of both, the two bridges may be the same one (???) I'll keep digging.

Posted March 24, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Another one of the cant-get-there-from-here items. The deck is paved, but the land owner, who is around 50, grew up there and sez that the bridge was never open in his lifetime. There is a lot of damage to the southwest corner, which the owner sez has been there as long as he can remember. This truss is still used by the farmers in the area.

Posted March 21, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Construction starting soon.

Posted March 21, 2017, by Douglas Butler

What's the update of this blue bridge of this rolling lift type?

Posted March 21, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Do any of you know the update about this Strauss rail bridge is it removed or remain abandoned in the raised position?

Posted March 20, 2017, by Randy (rlaguire [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can anyone tell if this bridge is the Monon High bridge or the Wildcat Creek Trestle?

Posted March 18, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closed after an inspection Friday, though it is said the recommendation is for repair.

http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2395290.html

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Picnic photograph at Dunn's Bridge, 1911.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Postcard image of Dunn's Bridge, 1910.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Color postcard image of Dunn's Bridge, 1909.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photograph of Dunn's Bridge, 1909.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Automobile race traversing across Dunn's Bridge, 1915.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

You can read an extended history of Dunn's Bridge at this blog site:

http://www.porterhistory.org/search/label/Dunn%27s%20Bridge

Posted March 6, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge will be gone by fall.

Posted February 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Site visited this bridge last weekend. Bridge clearly has been closed to traffic for emergency repairs, but should reopen soon. It appears someone hit one of the endposts, damaged/destroyed it and the hip vertical, and also hit the vertical-mounted guardrail so hard the guardrail bolts tore themselves out of the wrought iron. The county's implemented repair is sketchy at best. The new hip vertical looks fine, but they welded a new endpost together and also put inserted real rivets, but they appear to have cut, welded, and ground the field end of the rivets. So its flat looking on the field end. It probably took 10x longer to make this sorry attempt at a replica than it would have taken to hire a company like Bach Steel to simply fabricate and ship an exact replica using real rivets.

Posted February 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Oh yeah, one other thing. SHAME ON INDOT for choosing demolition!

Posted February 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Site visited last weekend. Bridge is still there, no construction activities yet. My guess is later this spring.

Posted February 20, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found hidden on the ends of one of the railings behind a bush/tree two plaques, one original for National Concrete, the other a rehab plaque from 1991. The rehab plaque says the bridge was originally built 1908-1909. Easy to miss! Sadly, I also found this bridge is in a sorry state today. They added ugly corrugated steel under the arch barrel, and wrapped the spandrel walls in the orange plastic safety fencing. So it looks absolutely horrible. Sad to see this outcome for one of the oldest Luten arch bridges in existence.

Posted February 19, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was my first visit since they started replacement. I hated to see it, but progress...@#$&%!!!!

Posted February 16, 2017, by Matt Lohry

The newest GE satellite view (3/28/2016) shows the old bridge still sitting on the south side of the road, just east of the new eyesore. It blends in with the trees almost perfectly, but once you see it, it's easy to spot.

Posted February 15, 2017, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

There is a rather large dead looking tree that is in danger of dropping on this bridge before too long if nothing is done with it.

Posted February 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Too bad Bedstead gone, Thanks for making the journey!

Posted February 12, 2017, by Anonymous

This little beauty is sitting just to the east. Quite an item. An ancient road grater made in Indianapolis.

Posted February 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today and it looks like the repair is moving along at a brisk pace. Good for Paoli and Indiana!

Posted February 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great to see this bridge! I'm sure we traveled this a lot when I was a kid, but I don't remember it.

Posted February 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of February 2017, still going strong!