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Sage's Ferry Bridge

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Photo from SHAARD

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BH Photo #155934

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Description 

This bridge was built in 1883 at the same time (and same contract) as the Millport Bridge that also spanned the Muscatatuck on what is now SR 135. This bridge sat on square iron cassions and cost $18.42 per lineal ft. (approximately $2,394) plus $1,000 for the iron substructure. Both bridges were built during the first year of operation for the Indianapolis Bridge Company. But while the Millport Bridge (a Whipple truss) featured the ornate portal decorations that would become a signature feature of the Indy firm, the Sage's Ferry Bridge featured portals that were copied from Wrought Iron Bridge Company designs. The Indianapolis Bridge Company was started by Soloman Godman who previously was a bridge designer for WIBCo.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Muscatatuck River on IN 39
Location
Washington County, Indiana, and Jackson County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1883; rehabilitated 1974; replaced 1992
Builder
- Indianapolis Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Design
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 169.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Also called
Muscatatuck River SR 39 Bridge
Indiana State Highway Bridge #39-88-5498A
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75493, -85.93460   (decimal degrees)
38°45'18" N, 85°56'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/592573/4290120 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tampico
Inventory numbers
INNBI 013060 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39732 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 13, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name and other information.
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and truss type, changed other information.
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

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