Rating:
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Paw Paw Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

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BH Photo #136149

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring through truss bridge over Paw Paw Creek on CR 600 East
Location
Miami County, Indiana
Status
Disassembled and stored after tree fell on bridge. Hopefully will be restored someday. Removed from NRHP 10-13-15
History
Built 1874 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Bowstring through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 105.9 ft.
Total length: 109.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87842, -85.96625   (decimal degrees)
40°52'42" N, 85°57'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/587100/4525774 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Roann
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5200039 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 83000008 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Updated NRHP status: removed
  • June 3, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • May 1, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • April 9, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • March 29, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 28, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • February 5, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Standing above the south abutment from the new bridge. You can see a bit of the side at this angle

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Remains of the south abutment, they are easier to see in winter than summer.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

View of old north side from current bridge

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

View from the road block on the north side

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closer view of the old road from the north side

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

View from the north. New bridge on left, church road on right, old bridge road can be seen in the center, there is a red sign on the road block

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this site today and got a bunch of pictures. I miss the old bridge, as the current one has very little character like the old one did. Here is the current bridge.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Loved this one as well Jen!

It would still be there if that tree hadn't fallen on it. I remember that tree as well and wish it had been taken down before this happened.

The old bridge was moved to a contractors lot and I think there was hope of someday reconstructing it. I don't know if it is still there or was scrapped.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted June 21, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I loved this bridge and crossed it many times when I was younger. The ugly thing they built just east of where this one stood just makes me sad.For those of you looking for it's location, it was literally a stone's throw to the west from the one that is there now. It was angled differently, but you can still see evidence of where it was if you look. I will try to get a photo of the place it stood next time I go that way.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted April 1, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey guys- here's a little info on this bridge. It was bypassed and standing next to the new bridge, when apparently a tree fell on it. I dont know the extent of the damage, but I was told it is in storage for possible reuse. It is a Wrought Iron Bridge Co. tubular bowstring thru truss (circa1874). I hope to see it again someday.

Tony

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted April 1, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

I think I've found where this bridge was located. Nothing left but one abutment. Hopefully has been dismantled for future use rather than destroyed.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted January 31, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

I don't think this bridge does exist. That or itís well hidden, because I can't find it either. Miami County has an iron bridge festival and their web site lists the remaining iron bridges in the county, with the exception of paw paw creek. There seems to be very little information regarding this bridge or itís status.

Paw Paw Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2007, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Does this bridge even still exist? I drove to what I thought was the location of this bridge and found a concrete structure there. I hope this bridge was disassembled and moved instead of torn down!