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Silver Creek Wabash and Erie Canal Aqueduct

Photos 

North side as seen from US 24 July 2009

Photo taken by James Norwood

Enlarge

BH Photo #143891

Map 

Link to Photo and History 

Research page of Terry Pepper

http://www.terrypepper.com/w&e/silvercreek.htm
This individual has great info about canal history along the Wabash and Erie including this acqueduct.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Silver Creek(formerly known as Woodworth's Creek in mid 1850's) on Former Wabash and Erie Canal
Location
Huntington County, Indiana
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Local groups keep an eye on this historic structure and take action whenever it is threatened.
History
Built to carry the canal over the former Woodworth's Creek, originally made of timber then limestone, one of Huntington County's most endangered historical sites. Seen from US 24 near 750 West.
Railroads
- Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co. (FtW&WV)
- Interurban
Design
Stone arch
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Woodworth's Creek aqueduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.88108, -85.59025   (decimal degrees)
40°52'52" N, 85°35'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/618776/4526512 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bippus
Inventory number
BH 42363 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Aqueduct (73)
Arch (11,238)
Closed (2,430)
Deck arch (10,477)
Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co. (11)
Huntington County, Indiana (30)
Indiana (4,199)
Interurban (787)
NR-eligible (3,978)
Owned by county (18,904)
Preserved (1,061)
Railroad (13,164)
Stone arch (2,660)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2010: Updated by Eric Root: Corrected spelling in alternate name
  • July 30, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • June 2, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 18, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net

Comments 

Silver Creek Wabash and Erie Canal Aqueduct
Posted February 7, 2015, by Jim Wolfe (wolfeden46939 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I passed this arch bridge back in late October of 2014. The deck/roadway had been removed from the top. All that was showing was the stone arch itself. No dirt on top of the arch.

I don't know what was going on here. Sorry I didn't have time to take a photo.

The interurban did in fact us this crossing. I have been looking at this structure since the early 1960's. The interurban right of way lined up on both sides of the crossing.

Funny thing that I have been looking at this all these years thinking this was old 24. I will tell you that these stones are snow white and clean.

Thanks

Jim Wolfe

Silver Creek Wabash and Erie Canal Aqueduct
Posted July 30, 2009, by James Norwood

I have to add that it is possible that the interurban used this structure as well. I have not did research into this, but being that the former Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Company ran through here utilizing much of the former canal right of way, it is plausible. Another former concrete arch bridge, though quite small but ornate, was immediately West of here, but may now be gone due to the new US 24 4 lane highway which was built very near to where this structure was located. Old US 24 angled into the current right of way of the highway formerly and the old interurban bridge was beside the old highway. Further research will be needed. The Interurban line ran from Fort Wayne to Lafayette via Huntington, Wabash, Peru, Logansport, and Delphi and was abandoned in the 1930's or early 1940's.