Sad news of this loss... The bridge was poorly maintained for decades, but still could have been rehabilitated! A very scenic location has been scarred by a slab of pure ugliness!
Lawrence County fails yet again!
Bridge has been removed now, and replaced with a boring, modern bridge. Great job Lawrence county:/
It has been mentioned in the local paper that this bridge will be replaced in the near future, unfortunately. Visit while you can!
There is an 1898 dated plaque from the Lafayette Bridge Co. Builders on a stone monument in Fayette County Illinois. The Wren Bridge spanned the Kaskaskia River in Carson Township between Twin Churches and Wrights Corner. The bridge is gone, but a monument was erected in July 2006 on the west approach.
Well... Supposedly this bridge is to be retained along with the Ft. Ritner Bridge. Both are listed as Non-Select but considering Lawrence County has been reprimanded for demolishing some Select spans, hopefully they will do the right thing with these two.
This bridge has been closed. There was concern that the deterioration was advancing more rapidly than expected.
Uh-oh - at risk?:
Did some looking around and found that Palestine was located on the North shore of the White River where Palestine Road intersects the river. Apparently that house facing Palestine Road is where the 1818 Courthouse was and should be the location of a stone marker placed in 1968 commemorating that. The piers of a later rail bridge can still be seen on aerial close by too. Bono is just South-Southeast of Tunnelton, several miles East. Guthrie Creek discharges into the White River just East of Palestine and is crossed by a bridge on Tunnelton Road. Presumably, you would leave the Palestine area and head East staying on the North side of the river and cross the Guthrie Creek on what is now Tunnelton Road. While there is some indication of a past crossing over the White at Palestine, getting to Bono from the south shore of the river looks even more challenging than going through Tunnelton
I would love to see it and Ft. Ritner receive a complete (and well deserved) overhaul. This one has some real concerns below the deck.
This bridge could really use a paint Job
I guess if I would have taken time to do a search...I would have found that the town of Palestine was the first county seat of Lawrence County. This was a short lived term from about 1818 to 1825 before the county seat was moved to Bedford. Nothing of that town remains and I couldn't even find it on a map of any kind. Wikipedia states that it was 4 miles South of Bedford. This seems like it would place the town South of the White River, and if it and Bono were both South of the river then Guthrie Creek wouldn't even come into play.
I'm not familiar enough with the history of that area to say for sure. I know Bono is of course a Lawrence County town, but the only 2 towns in Indiana with the name Palestine are nowhere in the vicinity. Was there possibly a town by that name which was later renamed?
I wonder if the Tunnelton Road that goes to Bedford would have had a bridge over Guthrie Creek at an early date. That would probably be my first guess.
Anyone know the present location of the first bridge built in Lawrence County, built over Guthrie Creek in 1819? Supposedly built on the Palestine-Bono road.