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Fountain Park Bridge

Photos 

Close-up of postcard

1906 Postcard View

BH Photo #491603

Map 

Description 

The evidence is compelling that this bridge may have survived for 150 years, and now resides in a Rensselaer park. Two spans of different lengths were ordered by Jasper County in 1871 from the Ohio Bridge Company. This bridge shows a 5-panel configuration, which matches the extant one in Potawatomi Park.

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Carpenter Creek on County Road 630 West
Location
Jasper County, Indiana
Status
Quite possibly the bridge that now resides at Potawatomi Park in Rensselaer.
History
Likely one of two bridges built by the Ohio Bridge Company under an 1871 contract.
Builders
- Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland
- William Rezner (Designer)
Design
5-panel Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77806, -87.16329   (decimal degrees)
40°46'41" N, 87°09'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/486220/4514133 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92258 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 25, 2021: New photos from Tony Dillon

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Comments 

Fountain Park Bridge
Posted March 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They were not the original abutments. The bridge was acquired from the county around 1916 and moved to this location. They were very crudely built and it's fortunate that they didn't heave and dump the bridge into the stream before it was moved.

Fountain Park Bridge
Posted March 3, 2021, by Kyle Muellner (kylemuellner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Note that the one at Potawatomi Park was pulled from a set of stone abutments between two farm fields over the Iroquois River near Rensselaer. Not clear whether those were the original abutments or not.