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Description 

In 1901 the county commissioners condemned the structure and purchased Bedford limestone for the foundations of a new bridge. However, the commissioners gave up their plan for a new structure when a nearby farmer, Eugene Nafe, drove his steam threshing rig over the span, thus proving its stability. Fortunately for the commissioners, Nafe purchased the Bedford stone and used it to construct a house.

*Courtesy of Dr. James Cooper

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on County Road 375 West
Location
Fulton County, Indiana
Status
Collapsed in October 1979 and replaced by a new bridge.
History
Built in 1879 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company; collapsed into the river in October of 1979.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pinned, wrought-iron Whipple through truss
Also called
Tippecanoe River CR 375W Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11912, -86.31446   (decimal degrees)
41°07'09" N, 86°18'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/557551/4552207 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 77121 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,042)
Built 1879 (71)
Built during 1870s (887)
Collapsed (175)
Fulton County, Indiana (20)
Indiana (4,052)
Lost (18,120)
Lost 1979 (36)
Lost during 1970s (374)
Through truss (12,718)
Truss (29,086)
Whipple truss (261)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (275)

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2017: Added by Tony Dillon

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