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Baker's Bridge

Photos 

1910 Postcard view

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BH Photo #476889

Map 

Description 

After Fort Benjamin Harrison was established about 1903, this bridge would soon become an important spot for training exercises. Troops would pretend that the bridge had been damaged or destroyed, and would have to wade through Fall Creek. Unfortunately, the Army would decide to demolish the old landmark for real in 1959.

Indianapolis would later incorporate all of this once rural area in 1969.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Fall Creek on Boy Scout Road
Location
Marion County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1890's by the Lafayette Bridge Company; Replaced 1959
Builder
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Design
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.86895, -86.03782   (decimal degrees)
39°52'08" N, 86°02'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/582288/4413655 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

9-panel truss (144)
Indiana (4,820)
Lafayette Bridge Co. (70)
Lost (23,696)
Lost 1959 (72)
Lost during 1950s (635)
Marion County, Indiana (209)
Pin-connected (3,830)
Pratt through truss (5,258)
Pratt truss (9,098)
Replaced by new bridge (15,831)
Through truss (14,675)
Truss (32,173)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added categories "9-panel truss", "Pin-connected"
  • July 22, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 22, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com