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Historic bridges have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a young teenager I explored the Kennedy Covered bridges in Rush County, as well as the many steel trusses that were then extant in my home county. Fast forward 30 years and things have changed. While the covered bridges are mostly the same, the metal spans in Henry County have all but vanished. This scenario has been duplicated across the state(and nation) as these wonderful landmarks are senselessly destroyed. While I will always enjoy visiting a covered bridge, I feel an urgency to help educate people on the importance of saving their iron and steel counterparts. Indiana has made good strides in the past couple of years to rehabilitate it's metal spans, and I intend to help this trend continue.
So yes.....I would consider myself a "truss bridge junkie", although in the past few years I have come to respect the arches (stone and more recently concrete). I will post an occasional historic slab stringer or Tee-beam, but rarely will go out of my way to find one.
As my children grow older I find myself with more time to use in the pursuit of this endeavor. I have become involved with the SPANS committee in Indiana to help preserve many of these structures. I also consult with other groups to help with bridge preservation and am always willing to try to help where I can.
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Random Selection of Photos
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Lindsey Mayes Bridge
(Mayes County, Oklahoma)Abandoned through truss bridge over Neosho River near Sportsmens Acres. This is really the Neosho River.October 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name per forum
Country Club Road Bridge
(Wise County, Texas)Lost through truss bridge over West Fork Trinity RiverOctober 16, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Gone in latest satellite imagery
Artesian Road Bridge
(Linn County, Iowa)Lost Hammond (Pratt variant) through truss bridge over Indian Creek on Artesian RoadOctober 15, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
(Clark County, Illinois)Relocated pony truss, now at the Casey Country Club in Casey, ILOctober 8, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location
La Valle Bridge
(Sauk County, Wisconsin)Lost Through truss bridge over Baraboo River on Center Street in La ValleSeptember 24, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on triangular shaped plaque.
Crescent Road Bridge
(Belmont County, Ohio)Pony truss bridge over Wheeling Creek on Crescent Road (CR 5)September 23, 2018: Added
Franklin Street Bridge (Older)
(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)Lost Warren through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Franklin StreetSeptember 20, 2018: Added
North Fork Little Nemaha River Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Pony truss bridge over North Fork Little Nemaha River on CR-28, .5 mi. west and 7.2 mi. north of SyracuseSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is closed
North Fork Little Nemaha River Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Lost pony truss bridge over North Fork Little Nemaha River on CR-B, 7 mi. north and .2 mi. west of SyracuseSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Muddy Creek Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Pony truss bridge over Muddy Creek on CR-20, 1.2 mi. east and 3.6 mi. north of BurrSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is closed
Little Nemaha River Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Lost pony truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on CR 12 (12th Road), 1.7 mi. east and .3 mi. south of PalmyraSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Flood Creek Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Pony truss bridge over Flood Creek on 44th Road, 3.5 mi. east and 2.7 mi. north of OtoeSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Little Nemaha River Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Lost pony truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on CR 24 (24th Road), 1.5 mi. east and .8 mi. south of UnadillaSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Fox Creek Bridge
(Otoe County, Nebraska)Lost pony truss bridge over Fox Creek on CR 50 (50th Rd), 1.6 mi. east and 1 mi. south of DunbarSeptember 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Bridge of Styx
(Orange County, Indiana)Bowstring pony truss bridgeSeptember 16, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed date to ca. 1880... The ca. 1905 date was for the photograph.
Roberts Covered Bridge
(Marion County, Indiana)Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Fall Creek on 79th StreetSeptember 13, 2018: Added
Massillon Mystery Bridge
(Hancock County, Indiana)Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Unknown creek on RoadSeptember 13, 2018: Added
Riley Park Bowstring
(Hancock County, Indiana)Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Brandywine Creek on East Main Street (US 40/National Road)September 12, 2018: Added
Wright Covered Bridge
(Randolph County, Indiana)Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over White River on County Road 900 WestSeptember 10, 2018: Added
(Hancock County, Indiana)Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on County Road 200 WestSeptember 8, 2018: Added
Buck Creek CR 875W Bridge
(Shelby County, Indiana)Through truss bridge over Buck Creek on CR 875 WestAugust 29, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge was set off of Buck Creek today in preparation for being dismantled, repaired and rebuilt in a Shelbyville park.
Coffee Creek Bridge
(Porter County, Indiana)Lost Pony truss bridge over Coffee Creek August 22, 2018: Added
Fairfield Millrace Bridge
(Franklin County, Indiana)Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Millrace on Old Fairfield RoadAugust 22, 2018: Added
Locust Avenue Bridge
(Guthrie County, Iowa)Pony truss bridge over South Raccoon River on CR N70 (Locust Avenue)August 22, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on photo
North Fork Beanblossom Creek Bridge
(Brown County, Indiana)Bridge over North Fork Beanblossom Creek on Old Pool RoadAugust 14, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed type to reflect that this isn't a truss.
Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
(Pike County, Indiana)Through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 300 WestAugust 12, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added build date and contractor
White Lick Creek CR300S
(Hendricks County, Indiana)Lost Warren through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on CR300SAugust 10, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info
White Lick Creek CR600S
(Hendricks County, Indiana)Lost Whipple through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on CR 600SAugust 10, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on portal design, truss type and circa date
(Livingston County, Illinois)Lost bowstring through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on TR 276BJuly 9, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed build date to circa date... WIBCo was out of business in 1905.
Lick Branch Bridge
(Henry County, Indiana)Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Lick Branch on Old alignment of County Road 100 EastJuly 7, 2018: Added
(Wayne County, Indiana)Lost through truss bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Pottershop RoadMay 12, 2018: New photos
Spring Creek Bridge
(Ashtabula County, Ohio)Stone arch bridge over Spring CreekFebruary 24, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected listing from steel arch to stone arch
War Eagle Bridge
(Benton County, Arkansas)Through truss bridge over War Eagle Creek on CR 98December 15, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
Unknown Pony Truss Bridge
(Lafayette County, Missouri)Relocated Warren pony truss bridge currently on dry landDecember 13, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
(Boone County, Indiana)Pratt through truss over Big Eagle Creek on Holliday Drive off of US 421, north of ZionsvilleDecember 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status... Heavily damaged but not lost yet.
(Chenango County, New York)Lost Parker through truss bridge over Chenango River on State St.November 13, 2017: Added
North Fork Solomon River-O Road Bridge
(Smith County, Kansas)Pratt pony truss bridge over North Fork Solomon River, 2.0 mi. west of Harlan on O Road.November 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info and fixed wayward coordinates
Everhart Covered Bridge 38-22-05 #2
(Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)Multiple Kingpost through truss bridgeOctober 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed dimensions that were all wrong
Athens Road Bridge
(Perry County, Ohio)Pony truss bridge over Moxahala Creek on Athens RoadSeptember 27, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected build date
(Shelby County, Indiana)Concrete stringer bridge over Little Blue River on Short Blue RoadSeptember 24, 2017: Added
Judd Bayou - Charles Brown Road Bridge
(Madison Parish, Louisiana)Pratt through truss bridge over Judd Bayou on Charles Brown Road within Tensas River NWRSeptember 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is still extant and used for ATV traffic in the park.
Newbern/Columbus People Trail Bridge
(Bartholomew County, Indiana)Camelback through truss bridge over Haw Creek on trailSeptember 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name given to me by Visitors Bureau.
Doyle Creek-Wagonwheel Road Bridge
(Marion County, Kansas)Relocated Pratt through truss bridge originally over Doyle Creek on Wagonwheel RoadSeptember 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
Bartel Farm Bridge
(Marion County, Kansas)Pratt through truss bridge currently sitting on dry land at the Bartel Farm just east of HillsboroSeptember 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information provided by Nick Schmiedeler from his visit.
Peyton Creek Bridge
(Chase County, Kansas)Pony truss bridge over Peyton Creek on a local road, 1.0 mi. north and 3.1 mi. east of Strong CityAugust 23, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
Mill Road Bridge in Evansburg State Park
(Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)Pony truss bridge over Skippack Creek on PA 4005 (Mill Road) in Evansburg State ParkAugust 22, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Satellite view shows this bridge to have been rehabbed and reopened to traffic.
(Hancock County, Indiana)Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 675 EastAugust 17, 2017: New photo
Newville Road Overpass
(Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)Lost pony truss bridge over Amtrak on Newville RoadAugust 17, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
UP - Chase Road Overpass
(Whiteside County, Illinois)Lost Beam bridge over Chase Road on Union Pacific Railroad (former C&NW)August 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
I dub this style of plaque the "Briefcase Plaque"!
I've always heard them referred to as collision struts.
I'm 99% sure it's a Massillon built span... Check the portal bracing
Loved this bridge painted Yellow... Wish they had left it that color!
Fantastic! And very old!
Light rolled endposts suggest 1870's
This bridge needs to be rescued before that caisson gives out!
Awesome Whipple truss!
12-panels which would make it about 180 feet long. The portals look like a Massillon design. Likely ca. 1880.
The article said "A"... As in one singular floor beam is bad. That would be an easy replacement. Other than that I see a beautiful structure that needs a paint job. I saw nothing in any of those photos that suggested rampant section loss.
More bureaucratic BS...
Not a silly question at all.
Hopefully the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer) has been made aware of the relocation and can file the appropriate paperwork (if necessary) to keep the listing intact.
UGEC... Ugly Galvanized Eyesore Culvert
Photo #8 is not of the Forder Bridge. The portals are different and this is a 3-span structure (Forder was only 2). This bridge was likely on SR 49 just North of Antwerp.
I'm guessing that when the sidewalks were added the substructure was changed from stone (Dry laid stone was very uncommon in Indiana) and the deck may have been upgraded. It likely had wooden stringers to begin with. The stone substructure looked pretty rough in the older photo and was likely from the earlier wooden bridge.
It's the same bridge... The walkways were added at a later date. The date given is only a circa (guestimate) date, but I did read that there was a wooden bridge (not sure if it was covered) that didn't last very long. It's definitely a tubular arch, and although the odds-makers would say it's a WIBCo product... A Rezner would not be out of the question. Come to think of it if it's a later version of the Rezner design it would have been manufactured by WIBCo. after their purchase of the Ohio Bridge Company.
Both of these photos came from out of an old book and the resolution is pretty lousy.
First time I've seen a plaque mounted that way! You're a trooper as always Nick!