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Frank Owen Bridge

Photos 

north side of the bridge

Photo taken by J.P.

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BH Photo #159896

Map 

Description 

Lawrence County contains almost half the survivors in Indiana of this variation of the Warren pony truss. The bridge follows the standard pattern for its kind and retains its original members, including latticed guardrails. Architectural Description: The designers of this single-span Warren pony truss used a polygonal top chord. Never parallel with the lower chord, the top chord changes slope from one midpanel point to the next. The riveted structure extends 92' in six panels upon its original concrete abutments and wingwalls. Its all-interior verticals are manufactured from a pair of laced angles and its diagonals from pairs of laced angles (heaviest in the outer panels). The I floor beams are riveted to gussets below the lower chord and carry the concrete deck with its 14'4" roadway

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over leatherwood creek on old sandpit road
Location
Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1927
Builder
- Bedford Foundry & Machine Co.
Design
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Also called
County Bridge #133 (Abandoned)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.82486, -86.50831   (decimal degrees)
38°49'29" N, 86°30'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/542681/4297455 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bedford West
Inventory number
BH 44658 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 11, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 1, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name, date and builder.
  • April 11, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2010: Added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Frank Owen Bridge
Posted April 30, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I'm thinking that this bridge is not so much abandoned as in private use.

Frank Owen Bridge
Posted April 30, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is very near the Davis Ferry Iron Bridge which once crossed the White River.