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Americus Bridge

Photos 

Builder plaques from original bridge.

Marker located at south end of new bridge.

Photo taken by Tom Hall in May 2010

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BH Photo #164081

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Wabash River on Grant Road
Location
Americus, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built in 1893 by Lafayette Bridge Company; replaced in 1983
Builder
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Design
(2)10-panel, Whipple through trusses
Also called
Bridge #150
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.52883, -86.75997   (decimal degrees)
40°31'44" N, 86°45'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/520330/4486482 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brookston
Inventory number
BH 45138 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed to Whipple truss
  • June 4, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 23, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 2, 2010: Added by Tom Hall

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Americus Bridge
Posted November 27, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I wonder what the length of each of the two spans was. I'm thinking they were over 200 feet.

Americus Bridge
Posted June 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony !

Americus Bridge
Posted May 2, 2010, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

I grew up near this bridge and as teen spent a lot of time riding dirt bikes in the old Wabash & Erie canal that runs along the river at the south end of the bridge. I was always fond of the old bridge, but that was before I became interested in historic bridges so I never gave it a lot of thought, it was just a way to get from one side of the river to the other.

By the time it was replaced (1983) I was newly married and living some distance away so I never got a chance to visit the old bridge before it was gone.

I now wish I had paid more attention to it and taken at least at a couple of photos because so far I have found very little information concerning it.

If anyone has any information, photos or memories of this bridge please contact me.