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Old Pennsy Bridge



In 1874 the Green River Valley Railroad began grading the area around South Whitley for a rail line. When the Green River went under in 1880, the work was taken over by the Wabash Railroad, who extended the line from Butler to Logansport. The wood trestle may have been completed during this period. The rail line later passed through the Vandalia and Pennsylvania RR lines, but was abandoned as early as 1930 on a sporadic basis. The line is now completely abandoned-- the tracks are gone-- but the heavy wood trestle remains.

Only wooden trestle bridge surveyor knows of in northern Indiana/NW Ohio/southern Mich. In good condition. Bridge is 150' long, 30-40' above creek.

Roadbed built in ravine on SW approach to bridge and on a hillside on NE approach. Steep embankmentsof cinders -- difficult to climb!


Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Spring Creek on former Penn RR track
Whitley County, Indiana
Built 1880
This heavy wood trestle lies on an abandoned stretch of a Pennsylvania Railroad line. Creosote-soaked logs driven into the earth provide the main support for the trestle. Heavy timbers bolted to the logs provide the necessary cross-bracing. Timber floor beams carry a timber deck in turn would have supported the track. The trestle is approached on both sides by a steep embankment.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.09262, -85.62062   (decimal degrees)
41°05'33" N, 85°37'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/615846/4549955 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Whitley East
Inventory number
BH 48791 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (6,880)
Abandoned (3,335)
Beam (14,363)
Built 1880 (166)
Built during 1880s (1,835)
Indiana (4,625)
Timber stringer (3,704)
Whitley County, Indiana (16)

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2011: Added by J.P.


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