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NS - Wildcat Creek Bridge

Photos 

West side October 2005

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #136519

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on former IMC Nickel Plate line
Location
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
Status
Preserved as a landmark while trail on old rail corridor crosses MOB next to it
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Unknown builder, replaced covered bridge formerly at this location. This bridge survived the great flood of 1913 due to Lake Erie and Western Railroad loading bridge down with loaded coal cars.
Railroads
- Central Railroad of Indianapolis (CERA)
- Lake Erie & Western Railroad (LE&W)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Of interest is the North Approach to bridge, as it has street running trackage running through downtown Kokomo. Also at that spot, Kokomo's namesake "Chief Kokomo" of the Miami Indiana tribe was supposedly originally buried where the tracks now cross. He and others were moved to the "Pioneer Cemetery" a few blocks East of here during railroad construction in the mid 1850's. Rail line was originally constructed by the Peru and Indianapolis Railroad to connect Indy with the former Wabash and Erie Canal in Peru. This was one of the first railroad lines in Indiana and is now dormant awaiting approval for abandonment by the Surface Transportation Board by CERA and Railamerica. Trail use is a possibility.
Dimensions
Span length: 115.0 ft.
Total length: 115.0 ft.
Also called
IMC Wildcat Creek bridge, due to line running from Indianapolis to Michigan City for most of it's life, hence IMC initials.
NKP - Wildcat Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.48448, -86.13243   (decimal degrees)
40°29'04" N, 86°07'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/573529/4481893 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kokomo West
Inventory number
BH 42182 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
  • April 25, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 27, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 7, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 6, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 5, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 4, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • April 1, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

NKP Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted September 5, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I didn't think that Indiana had run out of historic bridges to relocate and reuse. Their bridge marketing website lists several AVAILABLE bridges that would have fit this crossing. Perhaps the website is in error, since I can think of no reason to not use one of the available historic bridges listed on that website for this crossing.

http://www.in.gov/indot/2532.htm

...Also is there a written agreement that the railroad bridge will be preserved? What prevents a local contractor from misleading local authorities into the concept that the abandoned railroad bridge is a waste of space and that they would be willing to scrap it out for them?

Nickel Plate IMC Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted September 5, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A unique situation here.

The old rail corridor is now part of a trail system, but instead of crossing the creek on the old bridge it jogs over to a MOB span built next to it. That bridge appears to have been built for another trail that now connects here, and it allows the rail span to be preserved with the tracks still in place.

Not at all a fan of MOB's...but I actually kinda like this!