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Eugene Covered Bridge 14-83-05

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Photo taken by Tom Hall

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Description 

Inscribed on a historic plaque near the south end of the bridge says:

"County commissioners ordered (1873) to replace unsafe bridge over Big Vermillion River at Eugene. Built 1873 by Joseph J. Daniels, Rockville: Burr truss design, 180 foot span, using existing abutments. Closed to vehicle traffic, 1974. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1994"

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Vermillion River on CR 40W at Eugene
Location
Vermillion County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1873; closed to vehicle traffic 1974; rehabilitated 1983
Builder
- Joseph J. Daniels
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 176.8 ft.
Total length: 187.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1994
Also called
County Bridge No. 75
Vermillion River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.96933, -87.47333   (decimal degrees)
39°58'10" N, 87°28'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/459578/4424460 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newport
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8300086 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 94000585 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 14-83-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 17137 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2004)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
51

Update Log 

  • April 25, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 6, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Name, GPS and NRHP data
  • October 10, 2008: Updated by Tom Hall: Changed type, added builder, common name

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Big Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 27, 2007, by Thomas R. Myers (tomnpat [at] netzero [dot] net)

I was born and raised about 20 miles from this bridge. In August 1999 I returned to photograph this Eugene Bridge from the Southwest corner ( best location ). The building next to it (also painted Red ) is the Big Bridge Restaurant. I have this photo ( 36 in. x 56 in. )on display at The Woodburn Art Center in Woodburn, Oregon from Jan. 4--26, 2008, $ 800.00 each. J.J. Daniel was the builder in 1873 and he built several other covered bridges in this vicinity, some larger and some smaller. My grandfather, Perry Myers, rode horse and buggy over this bridge for many years.

Tom Myers 2575 Jamestown Street, Woodburn, Oregon 97071

Big Vermillion River Bridge
Posted August 2, 2007, by Anonymous

The new building on the south side of this bridge could very well be a covered bridge restaurant.

Big Vermillion River Bridge
Posted July 10, 2007, by Anonymous

I believe this is the Eugene Covered Bridge on the north side of Eugene/Cayuga. Some records and books indicate that it was built in 1873 while others say it was built in 1885. Most books say it was bypassed way back in 1973. I also think the bridge was rehabilitated again at some time. Whats hard for me to remember if there was a new building of some sort on the south end of the bridge and what it was. There were a lot of cars parked there when I was at the bridge.