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.
Bridge took some major hits during flash flooding this week.
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.
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.
Yeah... Need a Gondola to get through there right now!
Nice shot Janis, any ghost trains or boats!?
Salt trucks strike again!
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.
Bad news for all 3 Noble County RR overpasses.
SHAARD coordinates show that the road might have been realigned. Very large deviation, if it did.
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.
The gospel of Jesus Christ Shall be preached!!!!!
Looks like its about to get cleaned up and used again for a trail finally.
I think all truss bridges under replacement should be disassembled and stored for at least 10 years!
Tree removal on the north side of the bridge has started.
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.
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!!
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.
Why not add the name to the bridge entry?
This bridge is identified as B-90 in the county inventory.
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.
I assume then that the beautiful cast portal bracings have probably survived in one form or another.
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.
This bridge is locally referred to as the ZINN BRIDGE.
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
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.
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!
Can someone copy over the article and pictures or post it in the news section? I'd rather not fill the forum with it.
-- You don't have a photo of Cumberland Road bridge in Noblesville, IN. Attached is one from 2014. Just FYI, Doug.
You should have checked out the Hays Cemetery just South of the bridge Nathan... That place is creepy, even in the daytime!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This bridge was replaced last year.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
Not sure if the coordinates are correct though, from my knowledge of the area Maumee Road is farther to the South.
Great! I will track down the photo I have of Maumee Road bridge!
I tracked down the coordinates for this bridge from the 1996 NBI, and it appears that this is the same bridge as this:
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.
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.
Construction starting soon.
What's the update of this blue bridge of this rolling lift type?
Do any of you know the update about this Strauss rail bridge is it removed or remain abandoned in the raised position?
Can anyone tell if this bridge is the Monon High bridge or the Wildcat Creek Trestle?
Closed after an inspection Friday, though it is said the recommendation is for repair.
Picnic photograph at Dunn's Bridge, 1911.
Postcard image of Dunn's Bridge, 1910.
Color postcard image of Dunn's Bridge, 1909.
Photograph of Dunn's Bridge, 1909.
Automobile race traversing across Dunn's Bridge, 1915.
You can read an extended history of Dunn's Bridge at this blog site:
Bridge will be gone by fall.
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.
Oh yeah, one other thing. SHAME ON INDOT for choosing demolition!
Site visited last weekend. Bridge is still there, no construction activities yet. My guess is later this spring.
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.
This was my first visit since they started replacement. I hated to see it, but progress...@#$&%!!!!
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.
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.
Too bad Bedstead gone, Thanks for making the journey!
This little beauty is sitting just to the east. Quite an item. An ancient road grater made in Indianapolis.
Visited this bridge today and it looks like the repair is moving along at a brisk pace. Good for Paoli and Indiana!
Great to see this bridge! I'm sure we traveled this a lot when I was a kid, but I don't remember it.
As of February 2017, still going strong!
Now, unfortunately, this baby has been replaced anyway. Boo!
I used to hang out with my buds at the "Haunted Bridge" in Avon. Great times!
yeah... One of the many!
I spent 6 months there as an inspector, and have been there several times at night... Nothing! I suspect that the kids from Anderson and Pendleton that frequent it add fuel to the story!
Mike... You should have hollered being as you were in my neck of the woods! I haven't been over in a couple years, but the last I knew the gate was unlocked. The county still maintains right-of-way on that road as there are utilities down it. A man that lives by it supposedly claims he owns it, but doesn't!
Is this the bridge that has a "haunted" aspect to it? Something to do with a crying woman and her baby. I know, where are hundreds of these fellers running around, but...
Overall the paint job is holding it's own... Just splotchy from covering up graffiti over the past 10+ years! I was never a fan of the White paint job, but it had previously been painted that color and became known as the White Bridge until research turned up the historic Hays name. The secondary primer coat was a neat Red color and I wish it had been left that!
HA!!! I was just here Saturday Jan 28 myself! John, you probably passed me. Couldn't find anyone around to let me go check it out, so I'll need to go back another time (Boo Hoo). The one pix I got was horribly distant, so...
Does seem like the first step to replacement......
Should we be concerned that the load limit has been reduced from 10 tons to 5 tons?
We were driving a long at a steady pace, suddenly the road changed to gravel, we slowed down as the road dipped into a valley and hugged a creek bed. The banks of the creek worn away by time, jutting out in smooth and jagged outcroppings. The road weaved and followed the meandering path of the creek. Clusters of trees clung to the hillsides and fields as we rounded the last curve. Then there beneath the limbs of its watchful guardian, accompanied by a lone aging barn. The bridge sat, graciously allowing us passage to the other side. Few bridges ever last this long, forgotten and tucked away on this less traveled backroad, quietly serving its purpose for over 122 years. Hidden from the world this little gem still gets to shine, we hope to return again one day down the heavenly winding path that led us to you.
Looks like an older Luten style arch to me.
Good Movie Railing..........for short subject!
Good Movie Railing..........
Truck Company Insurance funding full 700K. Good news indeed.
Good news, it's being fixed! Don't know any details:
Unacceptable. Clearly, qualified firms like Bach Steel were not consulted for creative ways to complete this rehabilitation within the available budget. Even worse, the Indiana SHPO claimed this bridge wasn't eligible for the National Register of Historic Places? That is ridiculous. Does Indiana really have a surplus of riveted Warren deck truss railroad bridges?
A $484,862 contract to renovate this bridge has been awarded.
Background of picture 1 did anyone notice the concrete arch bridge, Assuming that may be the railroad bridge or maybe an even older bridge north of the bridge.
Background of picture 1 did anyone notice the concrete arch bridge, Assuming that may be the railroad bridge.
This is the same bridge as Busseron Creek CR 500 S https://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/busseron-creek/
This is the same bridge as Boone Cemetery https://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/boone-cemetery/
If anyone visits this area, Clayshire Castle is about a mile away. Bed and breakfast built as a medieval castle. Cool as hell. Also IN 46 Eel River Bridge a few miles away.
Clay Co has used several pieces of this bridge to modify (?) their ugly-turd culvert bridge. I have seen several little pieces used like this in other structures here and in Greene County. Kinda gruesome.
Additional comment about that old bridge for those of you familiar with Danville:
I found online a library of yearbooks of Central Normal College you can flip page by page and found a photo, (not very good resolution) of a celebration in the park, of several people sitting on the grass on the northwest corner of the old football field, and amazingly in the background of that photo, you can see the overhead dirt berm that supported the interurban rails that today would completely bury the swimming pool, Little League diamond, from the creek up to Columbia Street, (top of the hill.) In 1961 when they dismantled all the rails etc. Most of that dirt was moved across 36 to fill in behind the old Hooks Drugstore, current Marathon and housing addition back there as well. And yes, you guessed it, the cinders were used for the track around the football field at that time.