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B&O - Montezuma Bridge

Photos 

East end

Photo taken by Brent Tindall in March 2013

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #251020

Map 

Video 

Drone Flyover of B&O Montezuma Bridge

Shot Nov. 30, 2015 with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone. Additional info at end credits.

Brendan Kearns

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Description 

Here is a link to a photo of the original bridge:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoosier_recollections/575234007...

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Montezuma
Location
Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana, and Vermillion County, Indiana
Status
Renovated to accommodate pedestrian trail in 2018.
History
Truss span built ca.1890's, girder spans built ca. 1920's
Builder
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania (Truss span)
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
Design
Pony plate girder with Warren through truss west approach from the original bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78166, -87.37430   (decimal degrees)
39°46'54" N, 87°22'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/467948/4403590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Montezuma
Inventory number
BH 45445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2018: Updated by Brent Tindall: Updated status
  • December 1, 2015: New video from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • March 22, 2013: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • March 21, 2013: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • June 2, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

Sources 

  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

B&O - Montezuma Bridge
Posted September 3, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Brendan,the video won't play.Where can I see the video?

B&O - Montezuma Bridge
Posted September 2, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The stone pier under the truss span appears to be part of the earlier span and from it's shape and placement I would say it was for a swing span which was done away with. I hate to say it but those trees growing from the unused pier need to go as they will destroy it.

B&O - Montezuma Bridge
Posted August 28, 2018, by Tom Hoffman

Got my first walk across the restored railroad bridge. An amazing job was done to restore the bridge. Man, those plate girder beams are massive. You can't see the river until you walk across the the through truss. A couple piers still have trees growing out of them. The deck is plates of concrete, and don't be alarmed by some of them vibrating. I wonder why this bridge doesn't have ice breaker piers.

B&O - Montezuma Bridge
Posted May 16, 2018, by Ross Brown

This is being converted into a pedestrian trail.

http://www.tribstar.com/opinion/columns/mark-bennett-giving-...

Montezuma Railroad Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The railroads were notorious for moving spans from here to there and that may well have happened in this case.

Montezuma Railroad Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Rob (krbyrd64 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I submitted a couple of photos a few months ago. I think our webmaster is busy with his other sites. ($$ ;-) Maybe it will let me attach to this msg. RB~,~

Wabash River Railroad Bridge
Posted June 29, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Noticed this bridge from the Montezuma Bridge on 36. Was hoping there was some photos of it. Sad to see there is not :-((