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Vine Street Covered Bridge 14-73-04x

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Historic postcard

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BH Photo #223248

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Description 

Of the 4 village style bridges built by the Kennedy family, this was the most ornate. The ceilings over the roadway and walkways were enclosed (vaulted) with a rounded finish. Attempts to save the bridge failed after the needed funds couldn't be raised and the bridge was replaced. It is said to have been the last remaining "Village" bridge West of the Alleghenies.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Little Blue River on Vine Street (now Morris Ave)
Location
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built in 1892 by Emmett L. Kennedy and replaced in 1959 after attempts to keep it failed.
Builder
- E.L. Kennedy
Design
Village style Burr arch truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 157.0 ft.
Total length: 165.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Walkerville Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.52811, -85.76685   (decimal degrees)
39°31'41" N, 85°46'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/605983/4376109 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shelbyville
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-73-04x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 50902 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2014: Updated by Will Truax: Added category
  • January 11, 2012: Added by Tony Dillon

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Comments 

Vine Street Covered Bridge 14-73-04x
Posted May 31, 2016, by Jerry Davis (Jrdavis1 [at] tds [dot] net)

My family lived in Walkerville and as kid I went with my Mom and baby brother (in a stroller) to go shopping in town, not many do that anymore. We walked through the pedestrian walkway many times. I was in 6th grade when the bridge was demolished. I remember reading that it was hoped the bridge could be saved, and was saddened when it wasn't. Ah, Shelbyville the "City of Progress".