Stark Bridge 1
West side of bridge from south
Photo taken by Frank Danberg in July 2009
BH Photo #143763
This was a fascinating bridge to visit, as this had signs of quite a interesting past. Originally built as a 2 span bridge, when its central pier was washed out in the 1890s it had a arch added and became a single span. It looks like they also rebuilt the truss to make this work, as the compression members in the middle of the bridge were turned around so they would appropriately transfer the load as a single span, instead of being its designed 2 span. When the arch was deleted and the pier re-added in the 50's they re-corrected the compression members, restoring it to a 2 span orientation. You can see signs of this in photos 45, 46, and 47, where empty slots indicate that the diagonal compression members in the middle panels were previously oriented in the opposite direction.
On the contrary Frank, I think your photos are exceptional! Thank you for posting them.
The Kennedy Family built some "Village bridges" in Indiana, I only wish at least 1 had survived.
Beautiful bridge in a very beautiful setting. My photos do not do it justice.