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Old US 31 Tippecanoe River Bridge - Oldest

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Two Span Bowstring!

Photo uploaded by Art S.

View this photo at ebay.com

BH Photo #417643

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring Through truss bridge on Old US-31 over Tippecanoe River
Location
Fulton County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge; Stone abutment preserved
History
Built during late 1800's; Replaced 1916; Stone abutment has been preserved
Builder
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
Design
Through truss Bowstring
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.10580, -86.22048   (decimal degrees)
41°06'21" N, 86°13'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/565454/4550794 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rochester
Inventory number
BH 63895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 7, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • February 5, 2018: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added photo and truss type (two span bowstring)
  • October 30, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Stoplight Controlled"
  • October 30, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Blog.jimgrey.net - Preserving the Old Bridge Abutment (photos of stone abutment)
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I searched for information on the construction of this Bowstring and was unable to find anything

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds good!

The 1916 bridge went out right before Jim Cooper started his research of Indiana's truss bridges.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, I'm adding it now ! I think you'll enjoy it.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good stuff Melissa!

This makes sense as Jim says his friends mother didn't remember this bridge... She remembered a single-span through truss, likely a Pratt.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, please read these articles. I'm currently working on information for the 1916-1982 bridge too.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I spoke to another person who grew up in Fulton County while the one-span bridge was here. He says he believes the current 1982 bridge is on the same alignment as the old truss bridge that was here, as he has memories as a kid of canoeing down the Tippecanoe under the truss bridge and seeing the stone abutment already abandoned there.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I kind of have a feeling you're right! The CBW list is slowly growing! I suspect it was built in the 1860's - 1870's and replaced with a Pratt (probably after the 1913 floods).

Regards,

Art S.

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I reached out to the mother of an old, old friend, who grew up in Fulton Co. and remembers the bridge that was here. I sent her this photo, and her response is that not only does this bridge not at all match her memory of the bridge that was here, she has no memory of a bridge that looks like this at all. She described the old one-lane truss bridge that was here: "The bridge that we crossed was of a more square iron frame, and was only a single span instead of the double as this shows."

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 7, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good stuff Jim! I added the photo courtesy of you.

Looking at the pic close-up it appears to be a Columbia Bridge Works Bowstring!

Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 7, 2019, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's what looks to be another photo of this bridge. I've been interested in this bridge for more than a decade now, trying to find images of it -- they're hard to come by.