Shows bridge being used as a barn.
Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in June 2008
BH Photo #116117
Harold........my dad and I had long thought that the Homer Bridge would have been perfect right there where you are talking about!......Certainly we are just glad to see it restored and given a good home!
It looks as if this bridge has found a home and for that I am grateful. However, I've always wondered why the city of Rushville has never put up a bridge or even a replica of one of the Kennedy bridges. It seems odd to drive past the little park on SR 3 in Rushville and see the wrought iron(fake??) bridge rather than one resembling the Kennedy bridges. I think the little Mud Creek bridge would look nice sitting there in the park.
They do put up signs during the festival in August, but otherwise you have to known the route in advance. I will try google map the new location.
Karen and I visited this bridge on Oct 31st. It now has new roof trusses, but still needs shingles, and also siding. The Pioneer Engineer's Club is hard to find thanks to no signs along the road. It is on S200W. We got lucky and found it right away. The bridge is back off the road quite a ways. It is a miracle that this bridge was saved! Most of it is the original timbers, except for the lower chords, which are some kind of "engineered" lumber.
My husband, Steve, and I purchased this property in June 2008 from his family. The bridge has been dismantled (June 2009) and relocated to the Pioneer Engineers show grounds. Work continues and the bridge will be up for walk traffic for the August 2009 show.
Information can be found at: http://www.pioneerengineers.com/covered_bridge.htm
The website has pictures from the teardown to the rebuild.
There has been some discussion in the past of trying to acquire it and move it to a park. I don't really know the ownership status, but I would say right now all the attention is on Moscow. Actually, the last time I heard much said about Homer was about the time that Offutt's burned. It would be an easy one to move, but it has some lower chord issues and one panel that is pretty rotten.
The side of the bridge where the trusses are exposed is where there was a barn built and attached. The barn collapsed like last year. I don't know what the future holds for the bridge. It would be nice if it could be converted back into a covered bridge over water someday if only that could happen. The bridge probably still really belongs to somebody.