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Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)


Railway bridge, Attica, Indiana, circa 1890

Public domain photo from Indiana Memory

View this photo at digital.library.in.gov

BH Photo #510146


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on Wabash Railroad
Attica, Fountain County, Indiana, and Warren County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1880; Replaced 1891
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Pin-connected Pratt through truss with 12+ spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29942, -87.24916   (decimal degrees)
40°17'58" N, 87°14'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/478825/4461021 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92462 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: added builder
  • October 19, 2021: Photo imported by Paul Plassman
  • March 23, 2021: Added by John Marvig

Related Bridges 


  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Indiana Album - Picture of 1880 Bridge
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com


Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 20, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


My biggest basis for suggesting Rust & Coolidge was the similar span at Pontiac, Illinois; built only a year before at a different location on the same railroad (http://bridgehunter.com/il/livingston/bh64036/). However, I suggested this more as conjecture, as I was not sure about the differing plaque shapes. Keystone certainly makes more sense, especially comparing to bridges such as the Park County, Colorado bridge.

I too am surprised about the bridge only lasting until 1891/1892. I have found several sources indicating the 1892 completion date, including historic newspapers, a 1902 Wabash Railroad bridge book and this article about the collapse:


However, this article seems to claim the span was built in 1897, despite railroad records suggesting otherwise (pg 11):


I would be curious to know if there is a reason to think the 1897 date is accurate over articles and the railroad records themselves, especially since three known spans still exist of the 1891/92 bridge.

Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 20, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I must admit that I don't know very much about Rust & Coolidge. To me, it doesn't resemble any of their bridges listed on Bridgehunter. That said, I'm curious as to the basis of John's thoughts.

Based on the plaque alone, I can't see how it could be R&S.

Separately, I was surprised that it only lasted until 1891.

Art S.

Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 20, 2021, by Luke

Keystone was one of my thoughts, but John also thought it may have been another Rust & Coolidge span.

Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 20, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I found a higher resolution version and posted it as well as a 'cleaned up version.'

Both Keystone and Wrought Iron Bridge Co. used a relatively similar plaque shape. However, the with the slightly higher resolution, the portal design and slight differences in the plaque design can be seen, identifying it as Keystone (I expected WIBCo.).

For comparison, Plaque and portal bracing: https://bridgehunter.com/ct/new-london/bh88314/ and portal bracing: https://bridgehunter.com/va/prince-william/14340/


Art S.

Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 19, 2021, by Luke

Shame there's not a clearer shot of the plaque.

Wabash - Attica Bridge (1st)
Posted October 19, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Nothing like a full dozen Pratt trusses to make a bridge look imposing!