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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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Scofield Covered Bridge
(Brown County, Ohio)Lost Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge over Beetle Creek on Martin Hill Road in HuntingtonMay 19, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Capitalized things that needed to be capitalized.
Knob Creek Bridge
(Larue County, Kentucky)Lost Warren ony truss bridge over Knob Creek on Blanton RoadMay 13, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed "Modern" from the categories list and changed to circa date.
Unnamed Creek Bridge
(Garfield County, Oklahoma)Queenpost pony truss over unnamed creek on laneMay 13, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed to Queenpost truss
Conneaut Creek Bridge
(Crawford County, Pennsylvania)Lost through truss bridge over Conneaut Creek on Tower Road (TR 803)May 10, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge confirmed lost via satellite imagery
MILW Tunnel 13
(Silver Bow County, Montana)Abandoned tunnel on Railroad (MILW)May 10, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed description from bridge to tunnel
Brush Creek Bridge
(Boone County, Indiana)Warren pony truss bridge over Brush Creek on CR 550 WestMay 7, 2013: New photos
Sugar Creek CR 930E Bridge
(Clinton County, Indiana)Closed pony truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 930 EastMay 7, 2013: New photos
Tygart Valley River Bridge
(Randolph County, West Virginia)Through truss bridge over Tygart Valley River on CR 37May 7, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Shavers Fork Cheat River Bridge
(Randolph County, West Virginia)Through truss bridge over Shavers Fork Cheat River on CR 33/8May 7, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Middle Fork River Bridge
(Upshur County, West Virginia)Through truss bridge over Middle Fork River on CR 5/26May 7, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Sumner Road Bridge
(Chariton County, Missouri)Through truss bridge over Locust Creek on Sumner RoadMay 7, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge confirmed lost via satellite imagery
Creek Road Bridge
(Boone County, Indiana)Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 350 West (Creek Road) just east of I-65May 6, 2013: New photos
(Benton County, Iowa)Pratt pony truss bridge over Unnamed Creek on PrivateMay 6, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed "Collapsed" from description as it categorizes the bridge as Lost. The trusses are still fully intact.
Jefferson River Bridge
(Gallatin County, Montana)Through truss bridge over Jefferson River on CR 201May 4, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and fixed coordinates
Dragoon Creek Bridge
(Osage County, Kansas)Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Dragoon CreekApril 29, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
(Jefferson County, Kansas)Through truss bridge over Delaware River on Bridge Street (Old US 24) just west of PerryApril 28, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Closed to traffic
Madison Ave. White River Bridge
(Madison County, Indiana)Lost through truss bridge over White River on Madison Ave. in AndersonApril 28, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Eddyville Bridge (Old)
(Ulster County, New York)Lost Through truss bridge on NY 213 over Rondout CreekApril 28, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed typo
Stillwell Road Bridge
(Muskingum County, Ohio)Lost Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over the Muskingum River on Stillwell RoadApril 26, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified status
Money Creek Bridge
(McLean County, Illinois)Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Money Creek on Old Cr 2500 EastApril 21, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Newer satellite imagery shows this unique little span to be gone.
Big Bureau Creek Bridge
(Bureau County, Illinois)Lost through truss bridge over Big Bureau Creek on Abandoned 2160 Rd, 3 mi. east of TiskilwaApril 20, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge collapsed during flooding.
Phoenix Iron Company Bridge
(Chester County, Pennsylvania)Wrought iron Pratt through truss bridge over French CreekApril 15, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
Sycamore Row Bridge
(Carroll County, Indiana)Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Deer Creek on Old Michigan RoadApril 11, 2013: Added
(Tehama County, California)Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sacramento River on State Route 36April 11, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and circa date
Daggett Road Bridge
(San Joaquin County, California)Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over San Joaquin River (Burns Cutoff) on Dagget Road (Port Stockton Expressway)April 11, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is not lost
Light Plant Bridge
(Barton County, Missouri)Through truss bridge formerly over Muddy Fork Spring River on NE 15th LaneApril 9, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
Palm Trail Bridge
(Putnam County, Missouri)Lost pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on Palm Trail (CR 210)April 9, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Appears to be lost in satellite view.
Branch Turkey Creek Bridge
(Putnam County, Missouri)Bedstead pony truss bridge over a branch of Turkey Creek on CR 215April 9, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Extant in satellite view but long abandoned with vegetation growing on deck.
Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge
(Carlton County, Minnesota)Wire suspension bridge over St. Louis River on MN Hwy. 210April 8, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is not lost and is to be restored.
South River Bridge
(Warren County, Iowa)Lost through truss bridge over South River on a local roadApril 2, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Confirmed lost via satellite imagery.
Branch Flank Creek Bridge
(Warren County, Iowa)Lost pony truss bridge over Branch Flank Creek on 230th AvenueApril 2, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Confirmed lost via satellite imagery.
(Chickasaw County, Iowa)Pratt through truss bridge over Plum Creek on Plum Creek Bike & Nature TrailMarch 30, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Barto Hollow Road Bridge
(Lycoming County, Pennsylvania)Lost through truss bridge over Muncy Creek on TR 650March 28, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is confirmed lost.
DeArmond Ford Bridge
(Decatur County, Indiana)Three-span stone arch bridge over Sand Creek on CR 400 SouthMarch 23, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name
RI Wapsipinicon River Bridge (Old)
(Buchanan County, Iowa)Lost Thacher through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on RailroadMarch 23, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is lost
IC Wapsipinicon River Bridge
(Buchanan County, Iowa)Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on RailroadMarch 23, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Warren to Pratt truss
Township Road 19-A Bridge
(Putnam County, Ohio)Lost pony truss bridge over North Powell Creek on Township Road 19-AMarch 21, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is confirmed lost.
Prairie Dog Avenue Bridge
(Union County, Iowa)Through truss bridge over Grand River on Prairie Dog AvenueMarch 19, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
Big Rib River Bridge
(Taylor County, Wisconsin)Lost through truss bridge over Big Rib River on WI 64March 10, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced per forum post
(Humboldt County, Iowa)Lost Bridge over E.Fork Des Moines River on CSAH C 26 (170th Avenue)February 24, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name
Branch Tilley Ditch Bridge
(Knox County, Indiana)Lost pony truss bridge over a branch of Tilley Ditch on CR N 400 NEFebruary 24, 2013: New photo
Indian Creek Bridge
(Martin County, Indiana)Abandoned Baltimore through truss bridge over Indian Creek on Former CR 1020N or #60February 23, 2013: New photos
Riverside Park Pedestrian Bridge
(Middlesex County, Massachusetts)Arched Warren pony truss bridge on Pedestrian PathFebruary 23, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information and changed status.
River Deshee Bridge
(Knox County, Indiana)Pony truss bridge over River Deshee on CR 750 West(original location)February 22, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information to reflect that bridge is not lost.
Jim Day Road Bridge
(Shasta County, California)Parker through truss bridge over Pitt River on Jim Day RoadFebruary 21, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type and added year bypassed.
Otis Road Bridge
(Essex County, New York)Pony truss bridge over Boquet River on Otis RoadFebruary 21, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
They should have just restored the covered bridge and tuck-pointed the abutments at that time. This has to be one of the most scenic locations I have seen and it certainly looked much better with the old bridge there.
Ken, do you know if this bridge is really still in storage as is mentioned in the description?
Beautiful set of piers that look to be in great condition still. Satellite also shows that both abutments appear to be intact as well.
I would agree that this almost certainly represents a much older (and possibly original) crossing perhaps from an old turnpike... ie. Bedford to Paoli. It's pretty close to the current crossing and I don't think the piers look substantial enough to be from a railroad.
Unfortunately Mr. Manning, It would appear that this bridge's fate is what's locked...
Kudos to the local folks who balked at the idea of their historic bridge being replaced by a concrete ugly... AND more kudos to the Boone County Commissioners who actually listened!
The only thing that distracts from the beauty of this location is the constant traffic noise from I-65 that is just to the West of here. But it may just be the Interstate that saved the bridge from already being removed.
Appears to show up in current Bing imagery but sure looks to be gone when viewed in GE.
Let's just hope it shows up in a park somewhere.
INDOT did a complete about-face on this one. After deciding to rehabilitate instead of replace, a certain district chief with way too much power decided to raise a stink. Apparently he had an issue with the vertical clearance being just a couple inches under guidelines...DESPITE the fact that said clearance had already been deemed acceptable.
So another completely serviceable state highway Parker truss bites the dust. And although I won't give this award to INDOT as a whole, to that one gentleman who thinks he knows more than the rest of us... Here's to you!
Todd Baslee photo
And a Non-historic one at that!
Looks like it was made with Lincoln Logs and an Erector Set.
Very cool though!
Sadly, I knew with the storms coming through there that this was very likely to occur.
Another unfortunate loss!
There has been talk of wanting to make this into a trail bridge and if it is officially abandoned this would be the time to do so. There is already a trail that runs along the North end of the bridge. I will notify Indiana Landmarks Foundation about this possibility and see what they can find out.
Had a very nice paint job on it not too many years ago... But it sure didn't hold up very well.
Nearly all of the Bedsteads I have seen that are still in use have had their legs encased in concrete. I'm sure the county officials found this as a cheap and easy way to deal with deficiencies that often occurred with them.
I took those pictures in June, 2008 and remember it pretty well. Of course as you know, the bridge sits right off of the road and is easily visible. When I was there I started taking pictures from the road and Mrs. Schreyer came out and was very friendly and was more than happy to talk about the bridge. Her husband, I believe, was the one responsible for moving the bridge to the family farm. She said they were talking about doing some maintenance on the bridge as it was getting a little shabby in places.
Fast forward almost 5 years and of course it is possible that things have changed. I would certainly say that you should approach the current owners as it doesn't hurt to ask and the worst they can say is no.
Oh now J.R.
Nothing but a little good natured jostling here! I see you as nothing less than a visionary with your uniquely tinted photos and your pole-mounted aerial cam! (Whatever happened to that one anyway?) ;-)