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Kankakee River (Old Channel) CR 1100W Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tom Hall in August 2008

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BH Photo #120606

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Old Kankakee River on CR 1100 West
Location
Starke County, Indiana, and La Porte County, Indiana
Status
Closed to all traffic, with part of deck missing.
History
Built ca. 1910 over the old channel of the river
Design
Bolted and pinned Pratt through Truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 123.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old County Bridge #99
Dog Face Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.24405, -86.90999   (decimal degrees)
41°14'39" N, 86°54'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/507541/4565853 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Pierre
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7500063 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17060 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 2000)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.00 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: added names, corrected stats, added photos
  • February 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • August 10, 2008: Updated by Tom Hall

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood

Comments 

1100 West Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted September 15, 2010, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Just in case anyone is thinking of visiting this bridge, the old road leading back to it is now blocked off with a steel pipe type gate.

1100 West Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2010, by Michael Wilson (mwilson [at] pnc [dot] edu)

I have been trying to research the actual story of the "Dogface Bridge". If anyone knows exactly what happened or who would know, please email me whatever information you can. Thank you.

1100 West Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2010, by The Independent Rage (theindependentrage [at] live [dot] com)

The pictures concerning the bridge to the north ("Dogface Bridge") contained on the angelfire.com link look like something straight out of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and/or Blair Witch Project, complete with makeshift graves, animal bones, scarecrows and abandoned dwellings. You wouldn't catch me wandering around back there. I think I could handle the "Dogface" ghost OK, but I would not want to run into the person/people who have apparently been living back there. Creepy stuff.

Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2009, by James Norwood

Tom and viewers here is an interesting site to view. http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/haunted/dogfacebridge.htm

Seems the former bridge to the North over the current channel has an urban legend about it. Interesting read, if not simply weird. Perhaps this is why that structure is gone? Boo. Enjoy, James

Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted June 3, 2009, by Tom (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Thanks James,

Actually my daughter located that bridge for me, some how I had overlooked it.

Yes, by looking at that area on Google Earth you can see how the river once twisted all over the place.

I havenít done a lot of research, but itís my understanding that the river was dredged sometime in the 1920ís to give it its present course. Up until that time the area was a massive swamp. Iím sure this bridge pre dates the dredging. In fact the abandoned abutments to the north that you mentioned would have been from a newer bridge that was most likely built after the river was straightened. I thought it was odd that the newer bridge was missing while the old one still stands. There are some local legends involving a car wreck where a couple were killed, supposedly the bridge is haunted. There may be some fact to the legend as far as an accident; perhaps there was a wreck that damaged the newer bridge to the point of removing it?

I didnít venture far enough across the bridge to see if there was a culvert farther north, the area on the other side is very over grown and almost impassible. ( at least when I was there).I would recommend waiting until late fall or early spring to visit.

If you visit this bridge during the summer be prepared, not for ghosts but mosquitoes! The area is still quite swampy and a perfect breeding ground for them. They will devour you in a very short time.Oh yeah, as a final warning the road leading back to this bridge is about a mile long and thereís no place to turn around once you get there other than a small area that has been used as a dump. There are thousands of nails to drive over.

Iím posting a picture of the abandoned abutment just in case someone wants to see without actually going there.

Old Kankakee River Bridge
Posted June 3, 2009, by James Norwood

Great find Tom. It is interesting how the Kankakee River has rerouted itself so many times in so many places around here. It looks like there may be another culvert or small bridge just North of this structure, and a bit further North you can see the abutments of another lost bridge over the current river channel when viewed with Google Earth. Keep up the great work Mr. Hall, James