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McKillip Ditch Bridge

Photos 

Looking West

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in April 2015

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BH Photo #323081

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Video 

McKillip Ditch Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Description 

I received a tip about this span and finally had the chance to check it out. Almost certainly a transplant off of a county road that has been used to gain access across McKillip Ditch. The trusses are in excellent shape and all parts appear to be original. Concrete abutments are in good shape and a very substantial added metal substructure has kept this bridge solidly in place. With a new deck this one could likely carry farm equipment again...although I would prefer to see it in a park or on a trail. Looks to be a WIBCo. product from the late 1870's or early 1880's.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pratt pony truss bridge over McKillip Ditch on Field crossing
Location
White County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned with mostly intact but dilapidated deck
History
Unknown, but likely built on a county road and later acquired for private use.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (likely fabricator)
Design
Pinned Pratt pony truss of 5 panels
Wrought iron with cast elements
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84735, -86.89971   (decimal degrees)
40°50'50" N, 86°53'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/508454/4521816 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Monon
Inventory number
BH 67110 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,212)
Abandoned (3,048)
Built during 1880s (1,644)
Indiana (4,199)
Owned by federal government (1,006)
Pin-connected (3,267)
Pony truss (15,069)
Pratt pony truss (3,193)
Pratt truss (8,056)
Truss (29,507)
White County, Indiana (40)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (286)

Update Log 

  • September 10, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • May 27, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 27, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 19, 2015: Added by Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com