View from trail
Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in May 2010
BH Photo #164707
I found hidden on the ends of one of the railings behind a bush/tree two plaques, one original for National Concrete, the other a rehab plaque from 1991. The rehab plaque says the bridge was originally built 1908-1909. Easy to miss! Sadly, I also found this bridge is in a sorry state today. They added ugly corrugated steel under the arch barrel, and wrapped the spandrel walls in the orange plastic safety fencing. So it looks absolutely horrible. Sad to see this outcome for one of the oldest Luten arch bridges in existence.
Hey Tony, interesting things about that particular bridge. Many years ago, the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art was a small incorporated town called Woodstock Indiana. Majority of the grounds was taken up by The Landon Estate, now known as The J.K. Lilly Jr Oldields Country Estate. That bridge was the gate to the Landon Estate on the Original Woodstock Dr through the neighborhood. The rest of the grounds was made up of several other houses. When Mr Lilly bought the Mansion, the first thing he did was buy up all the other houses except for one house, the little white house to the left of the main entrance of the Museum.
Little history of the grounds, provided by me, a former security officer of the IMA LOL