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Pipestem Covered Bridge 14-69-03x

Photo 

Photo taken by Bryan Ketcham

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BH Photo #196946

Map 

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
Location
North of Pierceville, Ripley County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
Built in 1889 by Philip Ensminger and destroyed by fire in 1972.
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
+39.15561, -85.16840   (decimal degrees)
39°09'20" N, 85°10'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/658259/4335642 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pierceville
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-69-03x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 48584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • 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