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Tobias Ford Bridge

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Photo taken by James McCray in February 2016

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BH Photo #348706

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Tobias Ford Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Description 

The nearby concrete span on CR 800W (Jennings County) was built in 1983, and may have been when the road was realigned and this bridge was abandoned. A look at some historic satellite imagery might confirm this. Looks to be 1890-1900ish, and I wouldn't be surprised if a firm from either Lafayette or Muncie had something to do with it!

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.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Muscatatuck River on an abandoned section of CR 850
Location
Scott County, Indiana, and Jennings County, Indiana
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built in 1897-98 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company, abandoned after a new bridge was built on a different road nearby.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
8 panel pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.5 ft.
Total length: 191.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.2 ft.
Also called
Muscatatuck River Bridge
Scott County Bridge #107
Jennings County Bridge #110
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.81570, -85.75703   (decimal degrees)
38°48'57" N, 85°45'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/607911/4297058 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70784 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • June 1, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 19, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 20, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name, builder and construction date, and additional info.
  • February 17, 2016: New photos from J.P.
  • February 10, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added information about possible abandonment date
  • February 9, 2016: New photo from J.P.
  • February 9, 2016: New photos from James McCray
  • February 5, 2016: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron

Comments 

Tobias Ford Bridge
Posted February 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Tobias Ford Bridge
Posted February 21, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

By the way, I think the bridge is in the same style as Strimples Mill:

https://bridgehunter.com/nj/hunterdon/10XX481/

With the added length created by increased height an two extra panels, otherwise the details are the same, including the plaques.

Regards,

Art S.

Tobias Ford Bridge
Posted February 21, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Tony,

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?

Tobias Ford Bridge
Posted February 20, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Tobias Ford Bridge
Posted February 20, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Tony for finding out the info on the bridge. Initially, I was doubtful if anything could be found out for it.

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2016, by Tom Hoffman

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.

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 9, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

How in the hell have everyone missed this? I have passed right by it a few times. Wow!

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 9, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Got pics of this bridge!

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 5, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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!

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 5, 2016, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

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.

Muscatatuck River Bridge
Posted February 5, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.