It is now open to vehicular traffic.
Been two years since I last visited. Still looks like it's gonna take a drink.
There is no longer any road to this bridge, gotta walk through a field. Nifty.
Just got back from a visit. Wow, no repairing this guy. Looks like it will be washed away next big flood. Thanx to Ron Enlow for the tour!!!
I have never been in the casino, but I know lots who have and I'll find out if it's still there. Doubt it though.
This bridge is a mystery bridge. Apparently there was (still is?) a bowstring pony truss located at the French Lick Casino. Anybody know anything about this one?
I'm guessing that when the sidewalks were added the substructure was changed from stone (Dry laid stone was very uncommon in Indiana) and the deck may have been upgraded. It likely had wooden stringers to begin with. The stone substructure looked pretty rough in the older photo and was likely from the earlier wooden bridge.
It's the same bridge... The walkways were added at a later date. The date given is only a circa (guestimate) date, but I did read that there was a wooden bridge (not sure if it was covered) that didn't last very long. It's definitely a tubular arch, and although the odds-makers would say it's a WIBCo product... A Rezner would not be out of the question. Come to think of it if it's a later version of the Rezner design it would have been manufactured by WIBCo. after their purchase of the Ohio Bridge Company.
Both of these photos came from out of an old book and the resolution is pretty lousy.
Oh - and the arch seen in the second photo _really_ does not look like it is the same bridge as the first photo.
There just isn't enough resolution... The original doesn't have great detail - but judging from the half-tone screening I found in the image it's all we've got. Unless someone can find the photo the newspaper used!
There are a lot of what appear to be lateral floor beams. More often than just at the verticals - which is odd. Having them rest on the lower chord would be a bad idea. Maybe they are just there to tie the deck together?
Regarding the top chord. I think it is round - or nearly round. The shadow line is so consistent at about half-way up that it can't be a flat sided beam. Maybe it's sort of a Phoenix type built up something.
I can see diagonals between verticals in a truss pattern. The top of some of the verticals look "forked", like maybe they are attached to both sides of the top chord.
I sure wish I could see more details!
The shadow line on the arch of the first picture makes it look like a Rezner but, I think 1880 is too late.
Great pix!! Makes me wanna go see it!
Brendan,the video won't play.Where can I see the video?
The stone pier under the truss span appears to be part of the earlier span and from it's shape and placement I would say it was for a swing span which was done away with. I hate to say it but those trees growing from the unused pier need to go as they will destroy it.
Just to the west of this bridge was an interesting timber bridge over the old railroad bed. Unfortunately it has been removed and replaced by dirt fill.
Yes, this bridge looks damn good! Name plates are back and it is quite the place to visit!
Got my first walk across the restored railroad bridge. An amazing job was done to restore the bridge. Man, those plate girder beams are massive. You can't see the river until you walk across the the through truss. A couple piers still have trees growing out of them. The deck is plates of concrete, and don't be alarmed by some of them vibrating. I wonder why this bridge doesn't have ice breaker piers.
I saw construction signs at each end of the bridge. It appears the deck may have been rehabilitated. Hope I'm right. The rest of the bridge is labeled 6 out of 9. It could use a painting soon. Forgot who posted it, yes these metal through truss bridges sure do make road trips fun.
For some reason the Pine Bluff Bridge is closed in winter. This according to signs at each road to the bridge, and gates at top of each hill. I wonder if its due to the treacherous winding steep grades at each end, or the bridge turns brittle in winter. Also I find the 1915 date questionable? Don't know if any Howe trusses were built after 1900. The center pier is concrete instead of stone.
Guy is trying to weasel his way out of charges: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-p...
Not everyone understands, friend Anonymous. There are many bridges I'd love to visit if I had a TARDIS.
TARDIS. "Time And Relative Dimension In Space". The time machine from Doctor Who.
Once again I say "?"
With a sonic screwdriver I'm betting I could build one myself.
Agreed Nathan... And wouldn't this look just Dandy sitting in a park! A design I would love to see used again!!
It appears the road has had it's name changed to Creekside Drive. When I posted this it was shown on most maps as "Happy Hollow Road".
This is a TARDIS bridge. One that I would like to travel back in time to see because its very interesting and no bridges like this survive today!
Bridge currently closed. A local told me that an I-beam had rusted through, and they were told that bridge would be repaired. Hope so!!
That is the Freedom Truss Bridge on the right.
Most recent NBI says it was replaced in 02.
I added a streetview here, but it looks to me like this bridge has been replaced; or possibly had a major refurbishment.
The information Ed stated was for a Brookville bridge. Not this one. It was the forth street bridge that had the new cement bridge that was lost to the 1913 flood. This location had a covered bridge at the time of the 1913 flood. It was the only Brookville bridge that survived that flood. It did however have both approaches washed away leaving Brookville stranded except by land to the Connersville Area. The covered bridge was known as either the Whitcomb Bridge or the Waterworks Bridge.
Yeah, I didn't see it here. According to Sulzer's "Ghost Railroads of Indiana", there was a "general track elevation" between Indianapolis and Richmond during 1909-1910. There's a map of the original track layout on page 87.
It would be an interesting area to explore -- there are the remains of a few more overpasses in the Cambridge City area that aren't documented here, but were likely girders set on concrete abutments, which are still extent, with the fill removed.
Jeff,the bridge you mentioned isn't listed on Bridgehunters and it is a part of this trail as you can see on satellite.
This is in Henry County, IN... Not Wayne County
If you swing the street view over to the right, you'll see another abandoned bridge, over County Rd 650 W.
That's right - "twi-ken-ham." And they did replace the railings in the renovation with ones that are more sympathetic to the design!
Special thanks to Reann Poray of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library for the access to the wonderful photos of the bridges in and around Plainfield!
Bridge is open, at least since Tom Hoffman, stated February 2018. Looking Good!!
Bridge is replaced by a mob.
Apparently this was fabricated from a storage unit from the city jail. (I do not know anything about the storage unit) It was fabricated by Graber Post Buildings from nearby Montgomery Indiana. I got my information from Kip Kelly of the Washington Parks Department.
This article from the 29 Jun 1901 Indianapolis News confirms that there were twin bridges here, and that a new bridge would be built to replace them both. The drawing doesn't much resemble the bridge that got built.
Continuing to research this, I found this site with photos of the Washington St. bridge as it was on the day of the 1913 flood. It is clearly not a wooden covered bridge.
I find evidence that there were two bridges here at once: one that followed the old National Road alignment and another that followed the Washington St. alignment. The two map excerpts, from 1889 and 1903 (respectively, below), show it. I also found an 1852 map of Indiana, with an Indianapolis inset, at the Library of Congress that shows only one bridge, on the National Road alignment.
Does anybody have greater knowledge or research to share on this?
Here are some other photos of Manhattan Bridge
Great News!!! And I love the float!
Funds secured to repair the bridge:
Yes, these pix do suck, but I'll try to get a little closer next time
Getting pix on IN 59 is like playing Frogger.
This bridge (Delaware County Bridge #226) was replaced in 2016.
Oops!! I mean DNR. Sorry
It appears, according to INDot, that this bridge will be relocated to Blue River Park near Shelbyville, on a pedestrian pathway. https://www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr/displaymedia.aspx?what...
Alright Tony! Good to see you back at it!
Damn! A Busy bridge with lotsa vegetation around it. Will try to get REAL pix later in the fall.
This bridge has been closed with no reopening in the foreseeable future closure 10/5/2017
Will go back in the fall and get better photos. The Lemon Creek pony truss used to run parallel to this
will be moved here to replace the missing span as they are identical structures, and the remaining span currently will be rebuilt. As of January 2017, the project is currently in the fundraising stage.
There is conflicting information about who actually built this bridge. Some sources claim it was John Seal. This site along with several others claim it was George Reuss. What is the source of information to verify who the builder actually was?
All original material has been lost on this bridge anyway. The remains of the Indiana Bridge Co. truss seen in the B&W photos have been removed per more recent photos.
I'm in downtown Madison and need a bridge to cross a creek between the 2 hotels. About 100 ft crossing. Call 850-830-9579
If there is any good news in all this lot, at least this bridge is in Indiana which means that there is a reasonable chance that it will be preserved if at all possible.
The bridge has been neglected lately. Area is grown up and the graffiti is getting a little outta control.
I don't think a welding torch'll fix this one. Don't look like it will be repaired. East end obviously collapsed, but looks like the west side was purposely busted through, maybe to keep four wheelers off it. There is no reason to repair this guy because it is basically an alley. The area floods so much too. The house on the west side now looks deserted.
I can confirm that the bridge rehabilitation contract has been awarded and that the pre-construction conference meeting has been scheduled. I suspect that construction activities will be starting shortly thereafter. The maintenance of traffic for Southbound US 41 during construction will likely be challenging for motorists; I hope that they will be patient, plan ahead, and give themselves extra travel time.
I would love to photograph this bridge. Does anyone know who owns the land? Is it owned by the Indiana Railroad or is it private property? I'm having a lot of trouble finding information.
Thanks for checking it out. Some of those arches can be rough to get to because of traffic or size of ditches.
Nothing left to show that a bridge was once there. I do know that Bridge Street did have a Through Truss we used to take when I was in High School (late 70's).
I fixed the coordinates on this bridge. It was listed at same location of IN 142 Little Rock Creek.
I returned today and rechecked. It is no longer an arch. The road is very busy and there is not much of an angle to get a good picture so sorry about crappy photos. The 142 Kivett and 142 Little Rock Creek bridges are still arches.
Looks like the same bridge. Did you check to see if the arch was there?
There are no news articles or press releases; in my responsibilities as the Vincennes District Bridge Inspection Supervisor, I coordinate our inspection findings with the project managers who establish budget planning and proposed scopes of work. Contract plans and specs are done and this rehabilitation was already scheduled for letting earlier this year; contractors are likely working on their bid packages. This bridge is to get a new deck and heavily deteriorated steel components will get replaced in-kind.
GREAT! Tell us about it!!! :-D Do you have an article?
This bridge is not scheduled to be dismantled. This bridge is scheduled for a comprehensive rehabilitation project.
One of the several treasures that we have in Indiana. And Brian Toone, you got more nerve than I have!
Work has recently been started on replacing the bridge. Bowling Green will not be the same
It sure looks to me like there will soon be very little pony truss left.
Visited this bridge May 19 and it is currently closed for a little remodeling. I talked with local resident Jack Pace and was told that on May 18, the deck, which has been cleared of pavement and restored to wooden, caught on fire and burned for quite a bit. He was told that inspectors feared that it may be down for a while.
My young memories are Velcroed there
Life was a delightful journey with no care
One lane only mimics our solitary plight
No turning back, we press on to the light
Sunrise illumines the eastern most start
Western sunset announces we all depart
This is being converted into a pedestrian trail.
The BridgeHunter B&B.
I know the bridge isn't anything special, but how often are you going to find an abandoned bridge with a caboose on it?
Does anyone know what the stars are supposed to mean that are cut into this bridge? The bridge has really been beat up, but still is sturdy
This bridge was set off its foundations today, it will be repaired and then installed in the Hayswood Nature Preserve just south of Corydon In
The Bridge was damaged in 2017 by flood water. It has partially fallen into the stream.
Another successful relocation!
Apparently due to low traffic. Won't be rebuilt any time soon if at all.
The information I received about this bridge being damaged by the recent flood was not very accurate. After being closed for a short while, it has now been re-opened. Very sorry about the mix-up, but thank goodness it is fine!
This bridge is currently closed.
This has been in the making for some time, and a shame nonetheless. The railroads unfortunately have no interest in preserving historic bridges.
Now this one is a good add. It might not be extremely old, but it is notable as an interesting little suspension bridge.
More information on replacement.
What's everyone's opinion of the new "idiot bar"? Certainly better than getting wacked again
Could not get good pix or video of this fellow. Too bad! Traffic sucked.
Based on the age split of the spans, I'm fairly certain these were relocated.
Posted photos of aqueduct with repairs underway. Looks like repairs should be done by summer, though LOTS of silt needs to be dug out of miles of canal. That was a part of the cause of the aqueduct failing IMHO. I remember what it looked like 50 years ago and recently the canal has become very shabby.
Apparently, this fine structure has been damaged (it sounds very severely) in the recent flooding. A person that lives by it tells me it is permanently closed. I have not visited it. Will update when I hear more.
Here's a short video we just did on the history of the Crooked Creek Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VJOCzoKQks
Picture for the recent flooding we had down here. With it less then a mile upstream from the Ohio, it got really close to overrunning it. This was the crest though.