Tobias Ford Bridge
Very neat that it has remained, now we just need to get it preserved!
July 1897 contract was for $3,840 to the Wrought Iron Bridge Company.
James, I'll have to check with Jim to see what's available right now. I bought a second copy of "Iron Monuments" in 2012 and there were limited copies then. It's a great reference book but also melancholy to see that about 75% of these spans listed are gone! You might check your local library to see if they have copies of these books, mine does.
Art, there are some similarities, but also some big differences as well. I honestly thought it was a Lafayette or Indiana Bridge Company span at first... Although the bad weather hindered the picture quality somewhat.
By the way, I think the bridge is in the same style as Strimples Mill:
With the added length created by increased height an two extra panels, otherwise the details are the same, including the plaques.
Here are the books:
Hope this helps,
You have referred to Jim Cooper and/or his book several times. Sounds like something that I would love to have if possible. How would I go about getting the book?
Glad to help James!
I sent an email to Jim Cooper to see if he had any info... And sure enough he had a file on it! The 83' date of the new bridge was when documentation was being gathered, but before SHAARD Bridge files and 4 years before Jim's book was published.
He said he had likely presumed this Bridge was demolished and didn't file it with DHPA. I will add his 1980 photos soon.
Thanks Tony for finding out the info on the bridge. Initially, I was doubtful if anything could be found out for it.
Yes, What a find James! I had no idea of this bridge existing either. Also, I don't think I remember seeing any info on this bridge in Jim Cooper's bridge book. The bridge is probably made out of steel. Just hope the remaining truss members are still solid. A lot of materials would have to be purchased for the deck. This would make a great pedestrian path since the newer bridge is away on a different alignment.
How in the hell have everyone missed this? I have passed right by it a few times. Wow!
Got pics of this bridge!
Super find James!
That's an area that has alluded me through the years...But like you, I'm surprised someone hasn't stumbled across it before now! Especially given how close to the road it is!
Just goes to show that there are probably many of them we haven't found yet!
Well it's the time of year to see it. I'm wondering if your bridge wasn't closed when the other bridge near it was opened. If either bridge was in place there would have been a through route for both roads.
Found this abandoned truss bridge on the Muscatatuck River in northern Scott Co., IN and noticed that it is not listed and seems that no one has any info on it. First of all, I cannot believe that this bridge has not been found because there are several bridgehunters (other than me) that is in the near area. Anyway, I plan on getting pics Mon for this bridge.