Looking north, with a trolley crossing
Photo taken in 1909
BH Photo #191906
The top photo is not in Danville, however I did finally find an old photo of a yearbook from 1937 of The Central Normal College In Danville, with the bridge in the background. Resolution is not great but you can make out the adbutments with overhead railbed.
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.
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
After just now returning from the Danville library I have found several facts. Danville newspaper quoted June 9, 1904, " Now the concrete abutments are done, they will bring girders in that stand 7' 10" tall." The rails, ties, cinders, were removed in September 1931. The girders remained until May 11, 1961. I highly suspect the above photo is the bridge that was located near the Tuberculosis Sanitarium stop on the line west of Avon IN. The librarian indicated to me she will e-mail me a photo of the Danville bridge once they find it again. I still have some more searching and verifying to do. Harley
Yes, in the early 1990's a city employee told me that he could remember when the, " steel girders were still up there". He never indicated who or when those were removed. This is a little puzzling now, looking through the arch, the hill on the right is correct, I knew the family who built the brick home at the top of that hill. What I don't see is the second bridge for carriage/foot traffic that leads to the road going up the hill ( 10th street from Indianapolis ). During my research for the history of the interurban, I found some facinating newspaper articles when that bridge was being constructed. "Trolley Talk"was always the heading. Now I read these articles on micro-fiche film at the library, but not sure now, they may be on the internet.
Apparently there's already been a discussion of sorts on that subject: http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=9222.0
Looking at the first (historic) picture there's a concrete arch. The remaining pictures show an abutment which appears to be for a plate girder type. Any ideas on which bridge actually stood at this location?
I was stunned to see this photo exists. Growing up in Danville In. and writing historical papers in school I've never seen this till now. I grew up in the 60s and 70s in the house west of that former bridge on the hill above the adjacent park. When I was about 10 years old in 1969 I recall Harv Ellis (park named after) told me he could remember when the structure was torn down. The big ravine just north of the east abutment was dug to resource the dirt for the approachment from the east. When I was growing up, very large chunks of the overhead bridge were left on the east side in the water. Made for good fishing back then. Just east of that bridge in the Conservation Club there is another very short bridge, (now the dam for the pond) existed but it's been many years since I've seen that one. Keep up the great work with this website!