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Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07

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Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in October 2006

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BH Photo #152856

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Howe through truss bridge on Private lane
Location
Marion County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned, rotting
History
Built in 1880 by Josiah Durfee. Was originally located on 86th St. over Fishback Creek near the town of Traders Point. Was later relocated to a private estate, and is now unused. It was reported to be the last covered bridge in the county.
Builder
- Josiah Durfee
Design
Wooden Howe through truss.
Dimensions
Span length: 88.0 ft.
Total length: 88.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Also called
Brown Estates Covered Bridge
D.W.Brown
Fishback Creek Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.90887, -86.32405   (decimal degrees)
39°54'32" N, 86°19'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/557776/4417860 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Zionsville
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-49-07 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 43912 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 16, 2020: New photo from Garrett DiDomizio
  • April 1, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • June 18, 2018: New photo from Linda Daffron
  • August 19, 2014: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added to discription.
  • January 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates.
  • January 18, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted November 16, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It's hard to imagine that those kids who were the Brown's children are 75,73 & 71 years old. I wonder if they ever think about their father's bridge?

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted November 16, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mr. Brown added that to the bridge after he moved it to his estate in the early 1960's. He also installed an electric eye that would sound an alarm in his house if somebody entered the bridge. Remnants of that system are still in place.

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted November 16, 2020, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anybody know why an oxen yoke is hanging over the entrance to the bridge in some of the pictures?Looks stylish but i never saw one hanging on a covered bridge.Maybe superstition like horseshoes?

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted November 16, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've not heard anything recent about the bridge. I know there have been discussions in the past about moving it here or there, but nothing has ever come to fruition. I would assume that the relatives of D.W. Brown still own it but am not sure.

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted November 16, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody know if anything is currently going on with this bridge?

Traders Point Covered Bridge 14-49-07
Posted August 19, 2014, by Linda (mythreesonsdps [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Can you go and see this bridge ... I thought it was on private land?

Traders Point Covered Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This was printed in the Indianapolis Times in Aug. 1960. An article said that the bridge was originally 1/2 mile away at US 52 and SR 100 over Fishback Creek. It had been condemned in 1959.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Traders Point Covered Bridge
Posted June 21, 2011, by alan fulling (bigalbran [at] yahoo [dot] com)

we saw the old girl yesterday. she still leans but we walked across it and it still seems pretty solid. still it needs moved somewhere where it can be properly taken care of.

Traders Point Covered Bridge
Posted January 19, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail)

The old bridge was still pretty solid despite not having any maintenance for several years. When Mr Brown was alive he took good care of it after acquiring it from the county and moving it to his property. There has been talk of it being moved to various locations for some time now, the sooner the better. As far as finding it, that can be rather tricky. It is further away from it's original location than I thought, and it was only after asking several people that I found someone who knew where it was at.

Traders Point Covered Bridge
Posted January 19, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is 9 miles from my house and I've never made the time to go see it. So thanks for photographing it -- this may be the kick in the pants I need to make the short trip over there.

This old gal looks pretty sad in the second photo, all leaning to one side like that.