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Shawnee Bridge

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Photo taken by Tom Hall & Enhanced By Wayne Kizziar

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BH Photo #110407

Map 

Video 

Shawnee Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Description 

Built at the same time and under the same contract as the Independence Bridge, the total being for $89,990. Both spans were built solely by Warren County with no financial support from Fountain County on the other side of the Wabash. The cut stone substructures were built at the same time and did not come from an earlier crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 100 East
Location
Warren County, Indiana, and Fountain County, Indiana
Status
Open with 10' height restriction
History
Built 1905, rehabilitated in 1980
Builders
- Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana (Fabricator)
- William P. Carmichael Co. of Williamsport, Indiana (Substructure)
- Wilmer H. Gemmer (Designer)
Design
Riveted Lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 809.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.25500, -87.29944   (decimal degrees)
40°15'18" N, 87°17'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/474534/4456103 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Williamsport
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8600029 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17188 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 43.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
230

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 17, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added additional information
  • January 31, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • July 10, 2009: Updated by Tom Hall: Status change
  • March 25, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status
  • June 27, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type

Sources 

  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER IN-67 - Riverside-Independence Bridge, Spanning Wabash River at County Road 500, Riverside vicinity, Fountain County, IN
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Shawnee Bridge
Posted June 14, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beloved landmark in the area from what I was told. I don't see it going anywhere, but I do hope a full restoration comes soon. Truly one of Indiana's majestic spans!

Shawnee Bridge
Posted June 14, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove over this bridge earlier today. It is indeed a majestic bridge as you drive up to it, and then crossing over seeing the Wabash stretch away on either side. Noticed some damage to guard rail on the right hand side as I was driving towards Williamsport, hopefully that will be looked at soon. Would hate seeing this Beauty replaced by an Eyesore.

Shawnee Bridge
Posted June 20, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is indeed a rare and unique treasure! I talked to a Warren County official recently concerning the bridge. I was told that talks are under way concerning the restoration of this local landmark.

Shawnee Bridge
Posted June 19, 2009, by Terry Lake (Rucute2 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

One of the most historic bridges in Indiana in my opinion. There has always been a feeling of grandure as you aproach this magnificant structure! It should really be restored as it is just one of two of its type left. Thanks for posting all these wonderful bridges.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The detail on the finials is incredible! Neat bridge!!

Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Tony, youíre welcome. Yes, the cresting on this bridge is a rare find, not many left that have it, and this is in near perfect condition. Other than the plaque missing from one end this bridge retains all of its original features including the guard rails and cut stone abutments that havenít been reinforced or modified.

Iím posting a few more pictures that I found.

There used to be several bridges in this area that had either ornate cresting or decorated portals but most of them are now long gone. Tioga Bridge is another fine example, and luckily still survives and is being restored.

I have a few old pictures of the bridge on 800E, but I never actually saw it myself, it was torn down before I became interested in bridges or exploring the area.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Wayne, Thanks and no I donít mind at all.

I probably should have attempted to touch up that photo before I posted it. I had a terrible time getting that photo, thereís only a plaque at one end of the bridge and there are a lot of trees that overhang the road so in order to get a clear shot you have to stand what seems like directly under it. Of course I happened to show up just as the sun was directly in line with the plaque.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Tom

Thanks for the pics of Shawnee Bridge. It and the Tioga Bridge are probably two of the nicest in that part of the state. Both feature beautiful cresting on the portals. There was a twin to the Shawnee Bridge on 800E, but unfortunately it did'nt survive.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 5, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey Tom......This one's in your neck of the woods. Do you happen to have any pics of this bridge? It's one I've wanted to visit, but don't seem to get that way. I know it's called the Shawnee Bridge, and is a 5-span Lattice Thru truss built by the Attica Bridge Co.

Thanks, Tony