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Pipe Stem Covered Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Bryan Ketcham

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BH Photo #196946

Street View 

Description 

Was named "Pipe Stem" because it originally sat on iron pipes which were likely just early examples of Cassions or Lally Columns. It was reportedly built that way because the road featured a downhill grade to the bridge and was subject to shifting. These were later replaced with concrete abutments and an additional concrete approach span.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Howe through truss bridge on CR-400E over Ripley Creek
Location
Ripley County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
Built in 1889 by Philip Ensminger and destroyed by fire on October 29, 1970.
Builder
- Philip Ensminger
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 59.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17684, -85.18282   (decimal degrees)
39°10'37" N, 85°10'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/656965/4337973 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pierceville
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-69-03x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 48584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (9,409)
Built 1889 (273)
Built during 1880s (2,352)
Covered (3,044)
Destroyed by fire (326)
Have street view (30,157)
Howe through truss (641)
Howe truss (786)
Indiana (5,225)
Lost (31,192)
Lost 1970 (106)
Lost during 1970s (1,048)
Philip Ensminger (5)
Ripley County, Indiana (45)
Through truss (18,593)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,815)
Truss (37,785)

Update Log 

  • August 12, 2022: New Street View added by Stewart Edwin Beitler
  • March 1, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 13, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location and corrected loss date
  • January 26, 2021: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 16, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information.
  • April 9, 2011: Added by Bill Eichelberger

Sources 

  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com