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Posted March 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Scott! I moved your pic to the main page.

My dad is from Warren and I have been under this bridge hundreds of times since I was a kid. There used to be an artesian well nearby on the River Road, not sure if it still flows and is accessible.

Posted March 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They were not the original abutments. The bridge was acquired from the county around 1916 and moved to this location. They were very crudely built and it's fortunate that they didn't heave and dump the bridge into the stream before it was moved.

Posted March 3, 2021, by Kyle Muellner (kylemuellner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Note that the one at Potawatomi Park was pulled from a set of stone abutments between two farm fields over the Iroquois River near Rensselaer. Not clear whether those were the original abutments or not.

Posted March 2, 2021, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hereís a shot I took recently

Posted March 2, 2021, by Lou Malcomb (malcomb [at] indiana [dot] edu)

Legal Notice of Public Hearing for Des. No. 1600797, Bridge No. 76 Replacement on W CR 800 S over Big Graham Creek, Jennings County, Indiana. It was published in the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun on 2/25/2021 without paragraph 5. The revised Legal Notice will be published on 3/4/2021.

Posted March 2, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

The remaining covered spans were replaced by a slab. I got to see it with my own eyes 25 years ago. If your thinking of the picture where it says "unknown origin", its probably when the roof and siding were removed before demolition.

Posted March 2, 2021, by Jason (Jcrites2001 [at] msn [dot] com)

The description says the covered bridge was replaced by a concrete slab. But the one picture shows a truss bridge in place of it, right?

Posted March 1, 2021, by Anonymous

my dad proposed to my step mom on this bridge. Truly beautiful

Posted February 28, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure where the historian got his information from but the trusses would have come from the Smith Bridge Company plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Posted February 28, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://m.navigatorjournal.com/prairie_post/article_6c2a6792-...

Found an interesting article relating to it

Posted February 27, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a quick video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuPRklIwP3g

Posted February 26, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Appears to be gated now at State Road 62. There is a place to pull off and you might be able to walk to it if it's not marked as No Trespassing.

Posted February 26, 2021, by Jen (Nabstewart [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any tips on how to access this bridge?

Posted February 26, 2021, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hereís the plaque on the south east side of the current bridge.

Posted February 21, 2021, by William Hazen (whazen36 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wanted to add notice that this bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation in 2021 through May 2022, and will include repaired corbels, repaired arches, resurfacing, narrowing of traffic lanes and wider sidewalks. Tree clearing has already begun at the site. The bridge was built in 1939, rehabilitated in 1984, and is eligible for the NRHP under Criterion C.

Posted February 19, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's added now Elaine... thank you for providing that beautiful image!

Posted February 15, 2021, by Justin (justinhurn1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yQQ03v1EEU

Please enjoy this drone video I put together of this beautiful Lincoln Memorial Bridge.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the historic name

Posted February 12, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for adding this great information Tyler! I changed the name to reflect the more unique, historic title.

This appears to have been a Baltimore Truss from the late 1880's or early 1890's. If the cut stone abutments are original to this bridge then it most certainly pre-date 1900. Of course it is always possible that this span was built to replace an earlier one.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another covered bridge that has "been through the ringer and back" is in Philippi WV (BH 36774). After its last fire in 1989 (which was accidental, not arson), it was rebuilt with a fire sprinkler system. That was practical in Philippi because it's in a town with a water system. That may not be practical for bridges like Plummer Creek, which are in remote rural locations, having neither a municipal water system, nor even electricity to pump water out of the creek.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Tyson Domer (tdomer [at] gmail [dot] com)

More info and photos of this demolished bridge. I believe it was built in 1909.

https://www.class900indy.com/post/tracking-history-the-remai...

https://historicindianapolis.com/hi-mailbag-warfleigh/

Posted February 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I doubt this was a true arson attempt but more of a "Hold my beer and watch this" moment.

But yeah... This bridge has been through the ringer and back.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hope so too, but doubt it. This bridge gets vandalized often. Greene Co has a 3-D problem: too many drunks, druggies and dumbasses.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I hate to see that. I hope that Greene County officials repair it swiftly and put better security measures in place.

Posted February 9, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Edited the photos. The barrel shot may now be clear enough to read the date block.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted February 8, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Uh-oh! Some a-hole tried to torch this beaut: https://www.wthr.com/article/news/crime/isp-investigating-fi...

Posted February 7, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A friend told me that work has started on the rehabilitation of this span. It has been in the works for a couple years now.

https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/Historic%20Indiana%20Bri...

Posted February 2, 2021, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

the replacement spans look like a former turntable, which makes sense being attached to the old swing span pier. Anyone know where this came from?

Posted February 1, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a link to a video I recently did about the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbDC_IgJFhA

Posted January 27, 2021, by Gene Ingram (geno1966 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is just North of Mt Lawn Speedway.

Photo by Gene Ingram, New Castle.

Posted January 27, 2021, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Any updates on bridge? I would suspect that the installation in Petersburg, IN would probably be slated for better weather in spring?

Posted January 26, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its probably built from salvaged structural steel, such as a roof truss. And with that riveted construction, definitely fabricated (even for its original unknown purpose) well after Lincoln's death in 1865. Assuming Lincoln even ran a "Lincoln Bridge and Iron Works" haha.

Posted January 26, 2021, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So, a local crack addict (by his own admission) who was under the bridge said that the bridge is called the Crazy Awesome Bridge and was built by Abraham Lincoln himself, which if correct, would place the construction of this bridge in the early 1800's. Anyway what design is this?

Posted January 25, 2021, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge will be relocated and reconstructed.

https://amp.indystar.com/amp/1431710001

Posted January 25, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found more interesting tidbits connected to this bridge. An article was published on the tornado that tore apart the bridge (and the surrounding communities) in the New York Times (!) on May 30, 1883. Here is an excerpt:

"At a point where a bridge crossed Eel River eight or ten persons, some of them being in a wagon, south shelter on the bridge. The bridge was shattered and men, women, wagon and mules went into the river together. Joseph Seeley and Mrs. Hay were killed outright and five persons were injured. The Mules escaped without a scratch."

This newspaper article was reproduced in a excellent little book titled "History of Patricksburg" by Joyce Van Dyke Skinner and Margie E. Byerly.

Posted January 24, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I think it will take an ongoing effort to turn things around. The county still isn't convinced but I think there is a chance.

Clark,

I believe the railing is original. It did have accident damage which was 'improved' while it was off.

Most bridges I've encountered look really bad but are usually stronger than they appear. This one was the opposite. It is a minor miracle it hadn't collapsed under a grain truck.

As I am aware of what was done; rather than say, I'll make it a bridgehunter challenge: For those able to visit the bridge, see if you can figure out what was done and what is still needed (besides paint :^) ).

Regards,

Art S.

Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would assume they were reattached to the hangers on the verticals. Of course it offers no real protection to the truss members, but without a full rehabilitation and installation of a protective system that is the best that can be done.

Posted January 24, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Is the new inside "railing" welded to the bridge members? Was that their reinforcement?

Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Art,

I couldn't agree more with you!

Dicks is on a secondary road with a low ADT Count, and I doubt if the county will be in any rush to reopen it. Barnard on the other hand carries a decent amount of traffic (I think the 170 count on it is wrong btw).

We proved to Putnam County way back in 2006 with the Hibbs Ford Bridge that restoring these bridges is more economical. But yet they still haven't grasped the concept. They have demolished with no replacement (Appleby Ford); abandoned (Pinhook); bypassed and abandoned (Sutherlin Ford); demolished and replaced (Crow's); and given away (Houck). They did do some work on the Cooper Bridge, but I've not seen it to know what it amounts to.

I greatly appreciate your help with the Barnard Bridge and can only hope that the light bulb goes on and the county steps up and does what they need to... with it and the few other metal trusses that remain!

Posted January 23, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I'm not sure about their priorities but unless Dick's is at risk removal, I'd rather see them actually fix this one first. The county promotes their covered bridges, it would be nice to add some trusses to the mix. If they proactively restored it, besides creating an attraction, their overall maintenance costs will go down.

I think doing so may demonstrate the benefit and help all of the bridges in the county.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted January 22, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Alright, Art! You are a barer of good news! Hope they can get Dicks Road bridge fixed now

Posted January 22, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

A tidbit of good news.

Not any prettier but open:

https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2861272.html

Regards,

Art S.

Posted January 21, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Toll free through January 31. Discounted $1 toll for all of February with EZPass/I-pass. Time for a little joyride on a very high bridge with a great view of steel mills and Lake Michigan.

Posted January 19, 2021, by Anonymous

Bridge is now open to traffic

Posted January 18, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did about the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_SqVeIn8E

Posted January 16, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is going straight to hell. Needs repair, paint, whatnot.

Posted January 16, 2021, by James Smith (docbug [at] mindspring [dot] com)

Two bridges are confused here. The Big Four bridge was on the Peoria & Eastern RR, now gone. The Monon bridge was on the Monon RR and still carries CSX trains over Sugar Creek. It is not open to pedestrian traffic.

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wonder who the builder was

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

I surely hope they do something with this! It would definitely look cool as the centerpiece in a park or a secondary access road in a town.

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Quite a cool looking bridge! Similar in build to the Mayer road bridge in Warrick County.

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

A bit less authentic than its counterpart in the county with partial steel framing underneath, but still a cool bridge nonetheless!

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Gotta love it. Honestly this is one of my favorite bridges, just because of authenticity and location. Itís a very peaceful bridge.

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Itís a neat little bridge, glad to see it there.

Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Love the bridge, always a joy to see! A bit serene at night.

Posted January 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for "re-posting" this pic Mike!

My info on the other photo was incorrect as I found it to be the Old Red CB that was West of Huntington over the Wabash.

Posted January 10, 2021, by James Norwood (jdrjeep [at] icloud [dot] com)

Here they are

Posted January 10, 2021, by James Norwood (jdrjeep [at] icloud [dot] com)

Here they are

Posted January 10, 2021, by James Norwood (jdrjeep [at] icloud [dot] com)

More photos of South end

Posted January 10, 2021, by James Norwood (jdrjeep [at] icloud [dot] com)

Bridge demo underway. I caught it in last light of January 10, 2021

Posted January 4, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

So has Spencer & Daviess

Posted January 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dubois has completely trashed their inventory of truss bridges.

Posted January 3, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

There are several cool abandoned ponies in Warrick Co, two Bedsteads on Cole Creek and a warren on Tennyson road. The Cole creek bridges can't be seen in high vegetation, with the one on 800 almost gone.

Posted January 3, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

No, i have not been fortunate to visit those as if now.

Posted January 3, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm afraid that ponies don't have a lot of luck anywhere these days. Garrett, you didn't happen to visit the two ponies that are abandoned on Hunley & Bruner creeks on 64 almost directly north of this bridge, did you? I have visited the Bruner creek bridge, but couldn't get permission on check out the Hunley pony. The area was heavy with "No Trespassing".

Posted January 3, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sure sux now...

Posted January 3, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Dubois County pony trusses havenít seemed to have that much good luck in being saved

Posted January 3, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was quite a cool pony truss!

Posted December 30, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I'm thrilled I was able to drive across this last summer. I'll miss seeing it when I'm in Evansville.

Posted December 30, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't know the history of this line (we have guys on here for that). I can tell you that the cut stone abutments and pier would be pre-1900 and the DPG's currently sitting on them are likely replacing through or deck trusses.

Posted December 30, 2020, by Rick Stabler (rscedar [at] gmail [dot] com)

Do you know what year this bridge was built?

Posted December 29, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Actually we had a good Section 106 Mitigation outcome with this bridge, although this bridge is not being saved, INDOT will be doing an in-depth study with the goal of identifying methods and opportunities to protect historic bridges with low clearance. Several INDOT owned bridges are also specifically highlighted for particular consideration of some form of protection. So I feel this is a step forward. See attached pages from the MOA.

Posted December 29, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunate... But yet not surprising.

Just another instance where headache bars would solve a glaring problem. But I doubt that INDOT would ever consider using them.

Posted December 29, 2020, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

INDOT has decided to replace this bridge. They're planning to let the contract in the spring of 2021, with construction to begin in the summer of 2021.

https://www.wevv.com/content/news/US-41-Pigeon-Creek-Bridge-...

Posted December 28, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8ZHp4Mh7Fk

Posted December 26, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'd love to be able to see inside to look at how the reinforcing was done.

Posted December 26, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It just occurred to me that this was fairly early for a concrete arch. Stone arch construction was still common then especially in an area where stone was a local product.

Posted December 26, 2020, by James Norwood (jdrjeep [at] icloud [dot] com)

Cass County commissioners Are reviewing six bids For the demolition of this bridge. Winning bid may be announced at the first commissioners meeting in January 2021. Once again another Daniel Lutin bridge goes by the wayside. Logansport Pharos Tribune has an article with some particulars.

https://www.pharostribune.com/news/article_f81476c8-43d8-11e...

Posted December 21, 2020, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

I read in an older book about historic bridges of the middle west that the bean blossom at one point had collapsed. Does anyone know what that refers to? Possibly partial decking collapse and had been rebuilt?

Posted December 21, 2020, by Ethan McDowell

The future of this bridge is in jeopardy now that CSX has abandoned and removed the trackage here. Highly doubt it'll be saved due to it's location.

Posted December 21, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hamilton County already has a big project in the works with the Bell's Ford Bridge, so I doubt they'd be interested. Marion County just needs to step up and take care of it.

Posted December 21, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hamilton county should look into acquiring the Traders Point

Covered bridge since they already have the sister bridge, Potters Bridge

Posted December 21, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just saw that the Indians Covered Bridge Society put an update on Facebook. It would seem that the bridge is still in a continued state of disrepair and has developed a bit of a lean on top. Hopefully it is saved sooner rather than later, before disaster. I will try to link those photos if I can get the photo credits.

Posted December 17, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another great restoration by the guys at CLR Construction!

This beautiful ca. 1884 Indianapolis Bridge Company Pratt was pulled from it's original location, where it sat abandoned for nearly 20 years, and is now a prime feature of the new Rice Island development in Corydon. I can't wait to visit it, along with the other two restored truss bridges, it the very near future!

Posted December 17, 2020, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

Old Circle road bridge now in Corydon, IN

Posted December 17, 2020, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

Bridge is now complete and setting in Corydon In. on the East side of town just off of SR 62, connecting to the Rice Island walking trail.

Posted December 17, 2020, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unbelievably, here's some footage of this bridge carrying traffic. Probably from the late 1960s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gre6cKppw6k

This was on a TV program in South Bend called Beyond Our Control. It was mostly a sketch comedy program, written, produced, and acted by high school students.

Posted December 16, 2020, by Luke
Posted December 15, 2020, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

On Google maps, it looks like the abutments still exist. There also appears to be some sort of pier in line with the abandoned roadbed on to the northwest.

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Posted December 15, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup... Luke messaged me earlier about it. And, despite the fact I added to that page earlier this year... I still overlooked it! 🤪

Thx Geoff!

Posted December 15, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Tony,

I'm pretty sure that was the MC St. Joseph Branch crossing the New York Central mainline.

Geoff

Posted December 14, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well Mike, even though Bob apparently triggered you because he didn't know exactly where it was... He was right.

Posted December 14, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your own caption has the answer: "South Market St. [since renamed Capitol Ave.]"

That'd be IN 337, just nearby.

Posted December 13, 2020, by Bob

That appears to be the South Bridge on Market Street which I'm not sure exactly where was located.

https://applegates.us/indiana/creeks-and-bridges/#jp-carouse...

Posted December 13, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted December 11, 2020, by Jim Smith (docbug [at] mindspring [dot] com)

I took this photograph. This bridge is over Sugar Creek on the ex-Monon RR (now CSX). My Dad & I went looking for the Monon trestle in Crawfordsville on Thanksgiving Day. He walked the trestle while I took photos. I am modeling this trestle in HO scale.

Jim Smith

Posted December 10, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think it was just to the West near where the waterfall/dam remains from the old Cave Mill.

Posted December 10, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I believe the old covered bridge may have been on different road alignment to the west around a mile. Then the Parker truss was built on the brand new alignment of State Road 9. The covered bridge had to have been removed and not replaced in its exact location. This is from some other source I think I've read. Thanks for finding the photo Ed.

Posted December 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was working on it with Melissa... but Mr. Hubbs beat me to it. 🤬

Posted December 7, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

And Geoff, not sure who created the entry.

Posted December 7, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Apparently it's vertical endpost week! :^)

Really nice find Tony!

Regards,

Art S.