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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!

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

Now, unfortunately, this baby has been replaced anyway. Boo!

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted January 29, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I used to hang out with my buds at the "Haunted Bridge" in Avon. Great times!

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted January 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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!

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

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!

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted January 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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...

Hays Bridge (Indiana)
Posted January 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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!

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

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...

Posted January 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Does seem like the first step to replacement......

Posted January 22, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Should we be concerned that the load limit has been reduced from 10 tons to 5 tons?

Regards,

Art S.

Posted January 22, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Beauty!!

Posted January 22, 2017, by John Key

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.

Posted January 19, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like an older Luten style arch to me.

Posted January 16, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Good Movie Railing..........for short subject!

Posted January 15, 2017, by Anonymous

Good Movie Railing..........

Posted January 14, 2017, by Dana

Truck Company Insurance funding full 700K. Good news indeed.

Posted January 14, 2017, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Good news, it's being fixed! Don't know any details:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/34254190/progress-being-made-on-re...

Posted January 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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?

Posted January 11, 2017, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

A $484,862 contract to renovate this bridge has been awarded.

Posted January 5, 2017, by JP (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

Posted January 5, 2017, by JP (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Background of picture 1 did anyone notice the concrete arch bridge, Assuming that may be the railroad bridge.

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

This is the same bridge as Busseron Creek CR 500 S https://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/busseron-creek/

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

This is the same bridge as Boone Cemetery https://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/boone-cemetery/

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

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.

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

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.

Posted December 30, 2016, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Posted December 30, 2016, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I ran across an old book I was allowed to borrow on the history of Hendricks County and found a passage that stated, " The first interurban car ran into Danville, ( across the bridge in the park ) at 11:05 am on August30 1906, over the Indianapolis and Western, now a division of the Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern ." This actually occured 1 year before the rail line opened from Indianapolis , Clermont, Brownsburg, Pittsboro, Lizton, Crawfordsville, that is still used today. Harley kc9gld

Posted December 21, 2016, by Anonymous

The old bridge pictured was several miles North in North Hammond over the Grand Calumet River.

Posted December 21, 2016, by Tom Rainford (trainford308 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This street view is of the wrong bridge. This view is of the Hohman avenue bridge over the Little Calumet River in South Hammond.

Posted December 20, 2016, by Trailgirl

I'm so looking forward to the day that the trail will be finished to Monterey, IN and the bridge restored to carry trail traffic across. Long live rails to trails.

Posted December 16, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted December 15, 2016, by Tom Rainford (trainford308 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the bridge looking South West

Posted December 15, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another ugly MOB coming soon to a Greenway near you...

Kudos Todd B.

Posted December 15, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Oh Dear Lord!!! }:-O

Posted December 15, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted December 15, 2016, by Marc Hollingsworth (marc [dot] hollingsworth1986 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Damaged by possible oversized farm equipment on November 10th 2016 and closed to traffic. Boone County currently reviewing options for repair.

Posted December 14, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Basically Robert!

This might better be called "Frankenbridge Vs. The Warren Cantilever Bedstead"... And unfortunately the very rare and unique bedstead lost!

Might also label this one... "Hey, hold my beer and watch what I can do with these steel beams and a welding torch!".

Posted December 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Frankenbridge?