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Pike Bridge

Photo 

Historic postcard view

"PIKE BRIDGE ST.PAUL, IND

BH Photo #189933

Map 

Description 

The historic postcard refers to this span as the "Pike Bridge" and I would assume that the road it originally carried was indeed a pike (i.e. Greensburg-Shelbyville Pike) but that is just an assumption. I have done some digging but have yet to come up with a definite on this. Could have also been named for a land owner by the name of Pike.

This bridge was likely replaced by the current steel truss around 1915. The steel bridge has the same configuration of a through/pony truss and sits on the former spans cut stone abutments.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Flatrock River on Mound Road
Location
Shelby County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Likely built in the 1870's-1880's and replaced around 1915 by the current bridge using the same abutments.
Design
Bowstring through truss with bowstring pony approach.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 167.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.41901, -85.63315   (decimal degrees)
39°25'08" N, 85°37'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/617659/4364167 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Waldron
Inventory number
BH 47252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

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