These are pictures I took of the Tobias Bridge in Jefferson Co, In. just prior to the restoration. Jim Barker put me onto the trail of this bridge. I haven't been back to see the restoration of the bridge.
Harold, you can take those photos to Walgreens, Wally World or a similar store where they have scanners. For a modest fee, you can make additional prints or you could also convert the photos to digital images. You could then post the digital versions here or email them to James for inclusion.
I have pictures of this bridge just prior to it's restoration. If you would email me your postal address I will mail them to you. Lots of growth at the timeand very dark even for a sunny day. I would want the pictures returnrd.
Does anybody have some pictures of the bridge before the restoration? I think it'd be interesting to see how it looked before.
I would really be interested in some pics of the Brooksburg bridge. I tried to get some pics not to long ago, but couldn't get to the bridge.
I visited the steel truss bridge in Brooksburg last week and it's still holding its own. I'll get some pictures posted winthin the next couple of days.
I could'nt agree with you more about this bridge and definately think that all remaining one's can and should be retained. I like this bridge so much that I had business cards made for a job I was working on last year.
I like to see them retained in their original location, but if not, efforts like the Boyd bridge in Decatur County (Sand Creek 700S) are the next best thing.
The way this bridge was extensively rehabilitated is quite an example on how an old iron bridge can be. When I first saw this bridge, it was almost derelict buried in tree vegatation looking almost too rikety to drive over and the road on the approaches was close to washing away. After hearing about the rehab, I just had to check it out only to wonder if this was the same bridge. It looked like a totally different bridge in a nice setting with the stone abutments high above the creek and the posted limit went from TWO tons to FOURTEEN tons. There's plenty of old iron bridges which were demolished which I wish could have been rehabed like the Tobias bridge.
Also, there was a derelict iron truss bridge over Indian Kentuck Creek outside of Brooksburg on the Ohio River which I saw a few years ago. I don't know if it still exists or if it gave way.