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Vallonia Bridge

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Overview

The bridge is known as the Ft. Vallonia Bridge since Fort Vallonia is located about a mile south of the bridge. The Medora Covered Bridge is directly down stream of this bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over East Fork White River on old section of CR 375 West
Location
Jackson County, Indiana
Status
Bypassed, but open to pedestrians
History
Built 1887
Builder
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Design
9-panel, pinned Whipple truss (2-spans)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 249.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old County Bridge #193
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.85389, -86.10944   (decimal degrees)
38°51'14" N, 86°06'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/577273/4300939 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vallonia
Elevation
535 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3600128 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16338 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2007)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
100

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 9, 2012: New photo from J.P.
  • December 20, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • June 10, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type
  • January 30, 2008: New photos from James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Vallonia Bridge
Posted June 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fleeta I sent you an email

Vallonia Bridge
Posted June 14, 2017, by Fleeta K. Arthur (yakfleet [at] gmail [dot] com)

May need some help on iron bridge structures, this bridge

is highly significant in the evolution of the Indianapolis

Bridge company - Indiana Bridge Company.

Planning to put this bridge on National Register fist, then

Sparksville.

Problem with river erosion-Commissioners and Indot will probably want to destroy this structure if possible, not realizing the significance of the this structure as they did with the Post combination truss to engineering history.

We can arrest and build bigger jails and court rooms

but we can't spend a dime on anything which might attract

someone to visit Jackson County which might provide someone

a job.

Interested in the interaction of various bridge companies and the personal relationship with the various players in the Indiana Bridge Company.

Vallonia Bridge
Posted April 10, 2011, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was one of several bridges that I had on a planned route last Thursday that high water prevented me from seeing. Everything looked fine until I crossed the railroad tracks, then everything looked like a lake. I saw a lot of this in Jackson County on this particular day.

Vallonia Bridge
Posted December 4, 2008, by Adam Koontz (akoontz [at] hntb [dot] com)

Just wanted to post that this bridge is now open to foot traffic only. It's undergoing minor rehab right now. There will be a parking area on the south side to accomodate visitor parking.

Vallonia Bridge
Posted June 26, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

I meant to say this earlier but kudos for putting up some pics of the Vallonia Bridge. It's not only one of Jackson County's more historical through truss bridges (a la Sparks Ferry & the Medora Bridge just downstream) but ranks right up there with the likes of the other through trussers in this part of the state.

East Fork White River Bridge
Posted May 25, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see the Vallonia Bridge again, a very old IBCo span. Thanks Joshua!

East Fork White River Bridge
Posted April 18, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the Vallonia Bridge, a two-span Whipple thru that was one of the Indiana Bridge Company's earliest contracts. The last I heard it was on Jackson County's endangered list, but I'm not sure of the current status. It ranks with the Sparksville and Ft. Ritner bridges as one of the more interesting ones in the area.