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Martinsville Covered Bridge

Photos 

Photo courtesy of Bob Strader and Andy Certolic.

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BH Photo #463426

Map 

Description 

The bridge was started in the Spring of 1873 and was said to have been "thrown open" for use on Christmas Eve of that year. The substructure cost $8,936 and the superstructure came in at $18,768. It contained 185,000 board feet of White Pine and 48,000 board feet of Oak. A storm in the Spring of 1893 did irreparable damage and it was replaced. The large metal Pennsylvania trusses were placed on the cut stone abutments and piers of the covered bridge. That bridge stood until about 1950.

Information provided by George E. Gould from his book "Indiana Covered Bridges Thru the Years".

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over West Fork White River on State Road 39
Location
Morgan County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by severe weather
History
Built in 1873 by A.M. Kennedy & Son; heavily damaged by a storm in 1893.
Builders
- A.M. Kennedy & Sons (Superstructure)
- Theodore Eck - of St. Paul, IN (Substructure)
Design
Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 532.0 ft.
Also called
White River IN 39 Bridge (Oldest)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.43404, -86.44913   (decimal degrees)
39°26'03" N, 86°26'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/547408/4365089 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87654 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 3, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 3, 2020: Added by Tony Dillon

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Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com