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Waterworks Covered Bridge

Photos 

1902 John Baker photo

Indiana Historical Society

BH Photo #445936

Map 

Description 

This was the only one of the 5 large bridges in the Brookville area to survive the 1913 flood.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Oxford Pike
Location
Franklin County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.43373, -85.00296   (decimal degrees)
39°26'01" N, 85°00'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/671873/4366812 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84838 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Covered (1,515)
Franklin County, Indiana (77)
Indiana (4,552)
Lost (20,983)
Lost 1934 (34)
Lost during 1930s (456)
Replaced by new bridge (13,776)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2019: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • April 15, 2019: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • March 30, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted April 15, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

A different side of this bridge from the posted photo. http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/b...

I was told I had to get a license to use it.

By the way there was a house boat or "Shanty boat" in this photo which also appears in the photo of the 4Th St. Bowstring bridge.

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted April 14, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

My mistake, had the fourth street bridge confused with this one! This bridge was left impassable by the 1913 flood as the approach fill to the abutment was washed out by the flood. Bridge stood on while the flood water flowed around it.

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted March 31, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately, my understanding is that all of the pre-1913 records were lost in the flood. So there are definitely some questions that may be hard to answer. I believe that the waterworks were relocated due to the reservoir.

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted March 31, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

IHS information states that this was the only bridge to survive the 1913 flood and lasted until 1934 and that it was on the Oxford Pike (Also referred to as Brookville-Oxford Road).

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted March 31, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I suspect that this was the bridge near where the current US52 bridge is now. And that is where the Brookville waterworks are.

Waterworks Covered Bridge
Posted March 31, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Tony, are you sure this bridge was there in 1913? I was told a new concrete bridge was there and was destroyed by the flood before it was even a year old. You could even see large pieces of concrete in the river.