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Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge

Photos 

East side as seen from road within park

Just upstream, waterfall right at bridge. Access road off to left has not been open for many years and is today hard to even see it existed.

Unknown photographer

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BH Photo #163563

Map 

Description 

Site of first Kokomo city Swimming area before Seashore(now Kokomo Beach) was built. Now Duck pond. Bridge was single lane and destroyed by trash truck trying to access other side of this dead end road within Highland Park. Now a footbridge at site.

Extra information 

Written by James Norwood

This small bridge can be seen in the "b" movie "Terror Squad" starring Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman" fame. Terror Squad was a really bad movie shot mostly in Kokomo, that features a scene where the terrorist's crash their early 1970's blue Ford LTD sedan into the duck pond just upstream from this bridge and it's adjacent manmade waterfall. It may be hard to find today. Film was shot in 1986 or 87 close to the time the bridge was destoyed.
It was always a treat when my parents would travel over this bridge when taking our occasional drives through Highland Park. Doing so afforded us the best view of the adjacent waterfall coming out of the duck pond. There wasn't really anything on the other side except a small parking area in the summer. In the winter, the nearby hills were sledding attractions and many used this bridge to access that area. When cold enough, the Duck pond(or old swimming hole) would turn into a ice skating rink which with the bridge helped turn the site into a Norman Rockwell painting type of atmosphere. Today the site of the old bridge has a generic metal footbridge to access the other side and park employee's get their vehicles over there via an old access down the hill from Boulevard Street.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Kokomo Creek on Park Access Road in Highland Park
Location
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
Status
Collapsed due to an overweight truck
History
Built ca. 1900; Collapsed due to an overweight truck in the late 1980s
Design
5-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Also called
Highland Park Waterfall Bridge
Highland Park Kokomo Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46372, -86.14055   (decimal degrees)
40°27'49" N, 86°08'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/572864/4479582 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kokomo West
Inventory number
BH 42627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built during 1900s (7,094)
Collapsed (373)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss (494)
Howard County, Indiana (41)
Indiana (4,876)
Kokomo, Indiana (23)
Lost (24,038)
Lost 1987 (204)
Lost during 1980s (1,333)
Owned by city (5,248)
Park (270)
Pony truss (16,056)
Pratt pony truss (3,595)
Pratt truss (9,164)
Truss (32,395)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2014: Photos imported by James Norwood
  • April 23, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • May 30, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • May 29, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood

Comments 

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Trash truck driver was probably trying to recreate the scene when he hit it!

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Alright Chuck Conners and bridges!!! I love crappy movies!!

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hard to believe this bridge survived Libyan terrorists, but yet succumbed to a stupid trash truck lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVZlGZvVJGs

The bridge can be seen for about 30 seconds starting at about the 2:19 mark, of this incredibly cheesy low-budget movie.

The old Nickel Plate Railroad Bridge also makes a cameo appearance at the 8:29 mark.