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Monon - Clear Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick in November 2010

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BH Photo #223141

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned CSX bridge. Line removed in 1990's.
Location
Harrodsburg, Monroe County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Once part of the great Monon Railroad's route from Louisville to Chicago or Michigan City, the line was downgraded under CSX ownership and eventually abandoned. Harrodsburg Station and water tower was immediately next to bridge. All gone today.
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chicago, Indianapolis, & Louisville Railway (CIL)
- Family Lines System (FL)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
- Monon Railroad (MON)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 140.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01422, -86.53209   (decimal degrees)
39°00'51" N, 86°31'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/540508/4318458 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clear Creek
Inventory number
BH 50885 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2016: New photos from Geoff McKim
  • March 21, 2016: New photos from Geoff McKim
  • November 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "Monon Railroad" Added category "Chicago, Indianapolis, & Louisville Railway"
  • January 9, 2012: Added by Nick

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Comments 

Abandoned railroad bridge
Posted January 10, 2012, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

The stream flowing under this bridge is called Clear Creek. Flowing from Bloomington downstream towards Harrodsburg and into Salt Creek below the Monroe Dam there are several (aprox. a half-dozen)abandoned railroad bridges in this stretch. Hopefully, I will canoe this in the springtime and have a report on all of them in the near future. Monroe County has a "boatload' of abandoned and still standing railroad bridges, in part due to the many limestone quarries scattered throughout the rugged and hilly terrain.