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Kissing Bridge

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Description 

Possibly built using a mid 1880s railroad span. Originally located near Cyrus Street and Courtney Street. From Valparaiso University Walking Tour Brochure:

"Student Bridge (“Kissing Bridge”): In the mid-1880s, a bridge was constructed on “old campus” to span a set of Pennsylvania Railroad tracks and connect campus to the popular recreation spot of Sagers Lake. The bridge was said to bring good luck to couples who could kiss for the entire time that a train was passing under the bridge. All could tell that a couple had done this because their entire faces would be covered in soot except for their lips. In the 1960s, as the campus was shifting east, the bridge fell into disrepair and was torn down. A piece of the bridge was saved by a local business owner and relocated to his property. In 2005, the Student Alumni Association brought this piece of the bridge back to campus and the student chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers constructed its new home in a grove of trees near the University’s Route 30 entrance.At its original site behind Wesemann Hall, a small post from the bridge still exists."

Facts 

Overview
Double Intersection Warren pony truss bridge over drainage ditch on Valparasio University Walking Trail
Location
Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Erected Ca. 1900 to cross Pennsylvania Railroad Tracks, Removed Ca. 1975, Relocated to Valparaiso University; restored 2005
Railroads
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Double-intersection Warren pony truss
Also called
Student Bridge
University Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.46093, -87.04194   (decimal degrees)
41°27'39" N, 87°02'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/496497/4589927 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Valparaiso
Inventory number
BH 71662 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • April 2, 2016: New Street View added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Kissing Bridge
Posted September 29, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on similar bridges (below), I would assume that this truss may have been built in the mid to late 1880s as a railroad bridge, before being moved for a pedestrian overpass south of campus; possibly as part of a double tracking project in the early 1900s.

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/washington/lammscapes-railroad/

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/boone/77840/