Tony Dillon

About Me 

Email: spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
Website: https://www.flickr.com/groups/historichoosierbridges/

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.

For more pics of Indiana bridges check out my Flickr group here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/historichoosierbridges/

For information about what's going on with Indiana's historic spans check out my blog:

http://historichoosierbridges.blogspot.com/

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Recent Updates 

Athens Road Bridge (Perry County, Ohio)
Pony truss bridge over Moxahala Creek on Athens Road
September 27, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected build date
Electric Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Concrete stringer bridge over Little Blue River on Short Blue Road
September 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 NWR
September 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is still extant and used for ATV traffic in the park.
Columbus People Trail-Haw Creek Bridge (Bartholomew County, Indiana)
Camelback through truss bridge over Haw Creek on trail
September 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 Road
September 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 Hillsboro
September 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 City
August 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 Park
August 22, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Satellite view shows this bridge to have been rehabbed and reopened to traffic.
Hays Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 675 East
August 17, 2017: New photo
Newville Road Overpass (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Lost pony truss bridge over Amtrak on Newville Road
August 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
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
North Fork IN 46 Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over North Fork Salt Creek on IN 46 in Nashville
August 4, 2017: New photo
Broadway Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on S. Broadway (IN19) in Peru
August 4, 2017: New photo
Old River Road Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White River on River Road just North of Daleville
August 3, 2017: Added
Scripture's Bridge (Decatur County, Indiana)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Sand Creek on County Road 1000 South
August 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information per research by Jim Cooper.
Scripture's Bridge (Decatur County, Indiana)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Sand Creek on County Road 1000 South
August 2, 2017: Added
Drum Creek 5400 Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Drum Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 1.2 mi. west of Cherryvale
July 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Big Hill Creek 3600 Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on a local road, 1.0 mi. north and 0.5 mi. east of Liberty
July 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Big Hill Creek 3000 Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on 3000 Road
July 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Rose Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Rose Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 6.0 mi. west of Munden
July 23, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Yup Robert... According to the NBI it's closed (Changed status)
Old Portsmouth Scioto River Bridge (Scioto County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple Truss Bridge over Scioto River at 2nd Street (Likely location)
July 22, 2017: Added
Old Michigan Street Bridge (Marshall County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Yellow River on Michigan Street (Old Michigan Road)
July 22, 2017: Added
Franklin Street Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Salt Creek on Franklin Street
July 20, 2017: Added
Mud Creek CR 875S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Creek on County Road 875 South
July 20, 2017: Added
Martindale Creek CR 950S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Martindale Creek on County Road 950 South
July 20, 2017: Added
Greens Fork CR 1100S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Greens Fork on County Road 1100 South
July 20, 2017: Added
Whitewater River CR 1100S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Whitewater River on County Road 1100 South
July 20, 2017: Added
Cabin Creek CR 500S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Cabin Creek on County Road 500 South
July 19, 2017: Added
Little White River CR 1000W Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Little White River on County Road 1000 West
July 19, 2017: Added
Eightmile Creek CR 50S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Eightmile Creek on County Road 50 South
July 19, 2017: Added
Salt Creek CR 100S Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Salt Creek on County Road 100 South
July 19, 2017: Added
Eightmile Creek-Base Rd. Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Eightmile Creek on Base Road
July 19, 2017: Added
Clear Creek CR 650N Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Lattice pony truss bridge over Clear Creek on County Road 650 North
July 19, 2017: Added
Bear Creek CR 400W Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on County Road 400 West
July 19, 2017: Added
Bush Creek CR 600N Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Bush Creek on County Road 600 North
July 19, 2017: Added
Elkhorn Creek CR 600N Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Elkhorn Creek on County Road 600 North
July 19, 2017: Added
Lewis Creek Covered Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Lewis Creek on County Road 850 South
July 13, 2017: Added
West Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Beadstead pony truss bridge over West Creek, 3.0 mi. south and 1.2 mi. east of Rydal
July 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status and coordinates, added truss type and probable fabricator.
Salt Creek-Marble Rd. Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Salt Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Belleville
July 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
Salt Creek-Marble Rd. Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Salt Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Belleville
July 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
North Fork Mill Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over N. Fork Mill Creek, 3.0 mi. south and 3.0 mi. east of Munden
July 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
Mound Road Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Flatrock River on Mound Road
July 4, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and date of construction.
Gordon Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Big Blue River on Old Marion Road (Now Morristown Rd.)
June 29, 2017: Added
Marion Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Luten arch bridge over Big Blue River on Morristown Road
June 29, 2017: Added
Ziegler's Ford Bridge (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cobb River on Township road 96
June 25, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed wayward coordinates
Turkey Foot Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on Turkey Foot Road
June 18, 2017: Added
Big Eagle Creek CR 100S Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on County Road 100 South
June 18, 2017: Added
Sugar Creek-East County Line Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on East County Line Road
June 18, 2017: New photo
Goldsberry Creek CR 825W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost pony truss bridge over Goldsberry Creek on CR 825 W
June 18, 2017: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted October 17, 2017

This one's a Beauty!

Posted October 16, 2017

One has to consider a couple of other factors here as well...

*The bridge is still in use on Federal Highway US 250, and some of the strengthening can be attributed to that. The 2 concrete piers were added in 1934 probably for that very reason.

*After being damaged by flooding in 1985, the bridge was nearly destroyed in 1989. A gasoline tanker was filling underground tanks at a nearby gas station when the fuel overflowed down a hill and onto the bridge. A hot muffler from a car crossing ignited it and set the bridge on fire heavily damaging it. The people jumped from the car before it rolled back to the entrance of the bridge. The bridge was renovated and reopened in 1991 costing 1.4 Million dollars. And although steel was added underneath to strengthen the weakened superstructure, as much of the original trusses as possible were retained.

Given all that this iconic structure has been through, I think I can overlook the additions that have helped it survive. Many covered spans that have been through much less have unfortunately had much to all of their historic integrity lost.

Posted October 6, 2017

Tell me about it!

Indiana lost it's only WIBCo. tubular bowstring to a tree several years ago!!

http://bridgehunter.com/in/miami/5200039/

Posted October 6, 2017

I'm with you on this one Robert, I'm not convinced they are original but if they were added I think it was a long time ago. If this and the other little bowstring nearby both came from a large multi-span bridge then perhaps they were added when moved.

Posted October 6, 2017

Looks like a rather lightweight Warren truss and could be an older example. Chicago Bridge and Indiana Bridge were both building them in the 1890's.

Posted October 5, 2017

Looking at the satellite view, it's obvious that Cox Creek is indeed much wider than what this tiny concrete ugly could handle. I agree with Don that this is likely over a small branch or tributary.

Pony truss apparently either well concealed or MIA!

Posted October 3, 2017

If the water was down you could motorboat right through that puppy!

Posted September 25, 2017

Forgot to mention that I couldn't find this story in the online edition.

Posted September 25, 2017

Indy Star Metro Sunday section had the story, along with 2 photos of the reporter and others with their light bulbs indeed illuminated.

As far as the notable goes... I would travel to this bridge before I would go out of my way to see a cable-stayed!

Posted September 24, 2017

Yes, after cringing several times and debating within myself... I have added a non-historic bridge on Bridgehunter!

The "Electric Bridge" offers a chance to see extreme static electricity at work from 345,000 volt power lines next to the bridge. Travel to this NE Shelby County bridge in the evening. Stand on the bridge holding a fluorescent tube over your head and it will illuminate. Touch a regular screw-in type bulb to the otherwise ugly bridge railing and it too will light up! The Indy Star ran a story in today's paper, but I haven't found it online yet.

So, 2 unique phenomenons at work here...

1) The unique power of electricity at work.

2) Me adding a UCEB on Bridgehunter.

I Pray the latter NEVER happens again!

Springfield Bow String
Posted September 23, 2017

Save it til December, you're beating the awards thing like a dead horse!

RE: Design Help
Posted September 22, 2017

They mean a "Concrete Rigid Frame"

There are quite a few examples on BH, Here is one:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/257760/

Posted September 22, 2017

Looks like a Marsh Arch on Steroids!

Posted September 20, 2017

This one is a no-brainer given how the town has embraced this beauty with the park and landscaping.

Looks like a great setting!

Posted September 19, 2017

Cliff, I just gave a shout out to the Tensas River NWR and talked to a gentleman named Brent. The bridge is indeed still extant and is used mainly for ATV traffic in the park. He said he's only been there for a couple years but some of the other employees have like 30 or more years tenure. He said he would talk to them and let me know any other info he can find.