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Reelsville Bridge

Photos 

11/2007 photo

Photo taken by Jim Grey

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BH Photo #139367

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 625 West
Location
Putnam County, Indiana
Status
Bypassed in 2007 and then restored.
History
Built 1929
Builder
- Luten Engineering Co.
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 127.9 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1999
Also called
Putnam County Bridge No. 159
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55482, -86.96368   (decimal degrees)
39°33'17" N, 86°57'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/503120/4378349 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reelsville
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700138 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 99000302 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2005)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 26.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
400

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • September 1, 2009: New photos from Jim Grey
  • April 29, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Builder and Alternate name
  • April 29, 2009: New photo from Jim Grey

Sources 

Comments 

Reelsville Bridge
Posted October 16, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mary - A friend and associate maintains a site that is a digitized inventory of "Lost Bridges" - This lost wooden span you picture is listed, but no known date of the loss is recorded in the listing, nor are there any photos.

I'm sure the information you have and sanctioned use of your Mothers photograph would be of interest to him.

Contact information can be found on the site -

http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=IN/14-67-29x&loc=...

Reelsville Bridge (Apr 1929 photo of damaged wooden bridge)
Posted October 14, 2012, by Mary Hazelrigg (cool_n_clover56 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a photo from my Mom's old scrapbook that shows the Reelsville covered bridge taken in April 1929. It was taken after apparent wind damage. I assume then the concrete bridge was built to replace the damaged one. Let me try to attach the photo for you. I hope it comes through ok. I wonder about the storm that damaged the bridge? Do you have a way to check the weather history for this? I just know Mom wrote April, 1929 and the name of the bridge. My Mom spent most of her life from 1916 to 1940 near the Reelsville area.

Mary Lou Hazelrigg

Reelsville Bridge
Posted September 1, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been restored and is now open for pedestrians to explore. While I'm glad it's been restored, I'm ambivalent about the new railings that were used -- they don't look enough like the originals.