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Feerer's Mill Bridge

Photo 

Feerer's Mill Bridge

Journal and Courier: July 9 1963

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BH Photo #443646

Map 

Description 

The bridge laying on it's side suggests to me that the driver indeed struck one of the endposts and caused the bridge to roll.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wea Creek on South 18th Street
Location
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge in 1963
History
Built 1885; collapsed 1963
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Also called
CR 150S-Wea Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.34389, -86.87555   (decimal degrees)
40°20'38" N, 86°52'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/510569/4465934 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84476 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info
  • November 27, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder.
  • February 16, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • February 16, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Wea Creek Bridge
Posted November 29, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They were using the solid plaques by that time Art, so per the usual the news article was likely just off a "bit".

http://bridgehunter.com/in/floyd/blackiston-mill/ (pic #5)

Wea Creek Bridge
Posted November 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Art !

Wea Creek Bridge
Posted November 28, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice post/find Melissa!

Tony, I was going to say that it looked like a mid 1880ís King. Then I took a closer look and saw the plaques. Good call. Now my question: doing the math, based on the age of the bridge mentioned in the article and the date of a article, the bridge is from 1888. However, was WIBCo still using the upper open work plaque that late?

Regards,

Art S.