4 votes

Gospel Street Pedestrian Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in August 2009


BH Photo #145395



Gospel Street Pedestrian bridge

Mike Daffron

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Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lick Creek on Walkway in Paoli
Paoli, Orange County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians
Believed was built in the 1930's
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.55445, -86.46854   (decimal degrees)
38°33'16" N, 86°28'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/546307/4267469 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43244 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 19, 2016: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • September 4, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • July 25, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 31, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • August 16, 2009: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Gospel Street Pedestrian Bridge
Posted April 12, 2016, by Michael Taylor

Proof that even MOB's used to have thought put into them.

Gospel Street Pedestrian Bridge
Posted December 27, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Gospel Street Pedestrian Bridge
Posted February 17, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

YES! This is the sort of bridge I had in mind when I mentioned being open to the idea of early 20th century MOBs being on here.

From a purely technical standpoint, all truss bridges are at some level a MOB. For pedestrian walkways, I tend to consider whether or not they are currently mass produced. In this case I would say this bridge is not and I am glad to see it on here. It represents a specific moment in bridge innovation.

I do not know enough about this bridge http://www.bridgehunter.com/oh/auglaize/bh46302/ to make a decision. I am trying to tell if the connections are built with rivets or carriage bolts.

Of course, this bridge just makes me sick: http://www.bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/bh50406/

Add worthy MOB's (take note here)
Posted February 16, 2012, by james mccray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is what I would call an "add worthy MOB". Of course, you can see the angle iron makeup, but also you can see other details that would obviously make this stand out from your ordinary MOB. Being that this bridge was built pre 1940's helps, too. Also throw in the fact that it is coupled with a nonquestionable historic bridge and this one is a winner.

Now this one has so much going for it that it leaves the others in the dust. However, what is historic and what is not is a matter of preference and perhaps a consensus type agreement. Anyway, I just threw in my two cents.