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Wabash Road Bridge

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BH Photo #155881

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Description 

At the time of it's demise, this may have been the oldest iron bridge remaining in the state. It was built with Wheelock Patented abutments and piers which were made of iron plates.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on Wabash Road
Location
North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built ca. 1870, removed sometime around 1990
Builders
- Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
- T.B. White & Sons of New Brighton, Pennsylvania
Design
Wrought and cast iron Pratt through truss with vertical endposts.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 206.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
North Manchester Iron Bridge
County Bridge #653
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.99446, -85.78250   (decimal degrees)
40°59'40" N, 85°46'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/602402/4538855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Manchester South
Inventory number
BH 44199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Information about the Wheelock abutments
  • February 21, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Wabash Road Bridge
Posted August 7, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge was discussed in "Bridge Transitions, From Wood to Iron" by George E. Gould on "Outdoor Indiana" July-Aug. 1982. Archives on line at Indiana University Digital Library.