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Blue Bluff Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo captioned December 1899; taken from southeast bank

Photo courtesy of the Morgan County Public Library

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BH Photo #376815

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over White River on Blue Bluff Road
Location
Morgan County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1893; Replaced 1974
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pinned, Pennsylvania through truss
Also called
Records Ferry
Morgan County # 57
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.49717, -86.40140   (decimal degrees)
39°29'50" N, 86°24'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551469/4372121 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Martinsville
Inventory number
BH 75364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 8, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 2, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge #, fixed dates
  • March 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • January 27, 2017: Added by Mike Daffron

Sources 

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

Comments 

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Andrew, I remember traveling it a lot, as we went to a Dr. Johnstone when I was little. Any relation?

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2019, by Andrew Johnstone

The bridge originally had a pavement floor of some sort; asphalt I guess. After deterioration it got stripped down to some heavy corrugated metal I'm presuming was under the asphalt originally - maybe four inches per corrugation, and sort of a square corrugation versus wavy. On top of that was placed heavy timbers that were held down by welded rebar over them, in two 'tracks' down the bridge, so it became a one-lane structure. The photo that appears to have a bunch of narrow wood laid down perpendicular to the road may just be when the corrugated metal was bare or something - I lived near there and don't remember a time when there was wood laid down that way - if so it was not for long.

There were signals at each end of the bridge when it had the wooden tracks on it since it was just a 'one-lane' bridge after that (prior to that it was two-lane). Then a heavy log truck broke through, and the bridge was closed and replaced. There was another bridge about a quarter mile downstream for the inter-urban railroad from the 1920's to maybe the 1950's but all of that was removed and just concrete abutments remain.

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's Paragon Road, and whatever was there previous it was replaced the same year as this one, 1974. Both of the modern spans are nearly identical in size, so one would assume that the older Paragon Road bridge might have been similar in size to the Blue Bluff structure.

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ok. It goes into the backside of 37 by Morgan-Monroe State Forest. I don't know anything on this one, but I will scan the horizons and see what I can find.

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

Thanks for the info Mike. South of Paragon is a road with a few sharp curves(also known for flooding), then crosses the White River on a modern bridge.

White River Blue Bluff Road
Posted March 30, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think the deck of Blue Bluff was just wood. CR390E is also known as Henderson-Ford Road. It was a thru truss, like Blue Bluff. I can't find any pix of it. We used to go there a lot when I was a kid just to mess around. I guess a log truck fell thru it around 1968. I'm not sure which item your talking about south of Paragon. I grew up between Mooresville and Waverly. We used to frequent a place there known as Southlake. When we were done swimming, we used to travel to the store in Waverly for snacks and the like. There was a thru truss there, but I don't recall much of it.

White River Blue Bluff Road
Posted March 30, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

A neat structure that once existed. Glad the public library could provide these photos. Is that deck corrugated metal or something? I've been to this location and the road is heavily traveled. I've also been wondering what bridges existed on CR 390E just to the east, and the one south of Paragon. And does anybody know what type of bridge was in Waverly? Driven to that location with a bridge marked on a map. There was an old One Lane Bridge sign and saw that the bridge had been removed and not replaced.