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 

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
David Branch Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over David Branch on Private Lane
June 17, 2017: Added
UTC - Honey Bee Bridge (Henry County, Indiana)
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Blue River on Indianapolis, New Castle, and Toledo Interurban
June 17, 2017: New photos
Livengood Ford Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over French Lick Creek on Old State Road 145
June 15, 2017: Added
Pipher Hollow Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lick Creek on County Road 410 West
June 15, 2017: Added
Lost River-Stevens Rd. Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Hammond through truss bridge over Lost River on Stevens Road
June 14, 2017: Added
Lost River-101 Ranch Rd. Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Lost River on 101 Ranch Road (CR 960W)
June 14, 2017: Added
Kankakee River-CR 250W Bridge (Porter County, Indiana)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kankakee River on County Roads 250/400 West
June 14, 2017: Added
Barr Creek-St Wendel Cynthiana Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Barr Creek on St Wendel Cynthiana Road
June 13, 2017: Added
McFadden Creek-Leonard Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over McFadden Creek on Leonard Road
June 13, 2017: Added
McFadden Creek, Branch-Nation Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over a branch of McFadden Creek on Nation Road
June 13, 2017: Added
Olive Creek-Johnson Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Olive Creek on Johnson Road (CR 200S)
June 13, 2017: Added
Big Creek, Branch-Johnson Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over a branch of Big Creek on Johnson Road (CR 200S)
June 13, 2017: Added
Friendship Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
4-span stone arch bridge over Raccoon Creek on Olean Road
June 11, 2017: New photo
Shepard Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Big Creek on Old Michigan Road
June 11, 2017: New photo
Laughery Creek Viaduct (Ripley County, Indiana)
Deck plate girder bridge over Laughery Creek on CSX Transportation (former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)
June 11, 2017: New photos
Big Graham Creek-Old Michigan Rd. Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Big Graham Creek on Old Michigan Road (CR 550W)
June 11, 2017: Added
Big Ox Creek-Robin Rd. Bridge (Scott County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Ox Creek on Robin Road (CR 25S)
June 10, 2017: Added
Red Mills Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 400 North
June 10, 2017: New photos
North Fork Lewis Creek-Michigan Rd. Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over North Fork of Lewis Creek on Michigan Road (US 421)
June 10, 2017: Added
Conns Creek CR 775E Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Conns Creek on County Road 775 East
June 10, 2017: Added
Wade Creek Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Wade Creek on Asherman Road
June 10, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted July 22, 2017

Would have been about 1916 Donna, as the current Luten Bridge was started then.

I found an old pic of it and created a page here:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/marshall/old-michigan-street/

Posted July 21, 2017

The mirrored knee bracing on the portals and struts was commonly used by the Horseheads Bridge Company during the 1890's.

Posted July 21, 2017

Yeah, I'm finding out that it's anything but Bullet-proof Nathan! And I had inquired about punishment after Lawrence County demolished 2 Select spans "In-house", for which I never did get a straight answer! The process was good of intention, but even from the beginning nowhere near perfect. I was disappointed with quite a few wrong determinations that the overpaid Minnesota consulting firm made. While we were able to get some of the decisions reversed, others remained the same. I had even mentioned at the time about the ability to add another structure to the "Select" list anytime that one is lost, but nothing came of that. I do think that overall it has still mostly been a success, but wish it were even more than that! And yes, little plain slabs like this one are harder to make a case for when compared to a truss bridge or a graceful set of arches.

Posted July 21, 2017

Will, I read about this bridge many years ago and if I remember correctly it was originally built as a single-span Long truss. The contractors, I'll just call them BB&B, were summonsed back several times to make repairs. I believe they added the pier first and then added bracing that was supposed to "help" the structure settle onto the pier properly. I assume those bracing are what gives it a Childs appearance.

Posted July 20, 2017

This one is the same as this one...

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/davison/bh55496/

And is likely the reincarnation of this one...

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/davison/18060202/

Posted July 19, 2017

Looks like it's still in use on a private lane, also looks as though the creek crosses the road again... Wonder if there is another old bridge on this road!

Posted July 18, 2017

Makes sense now Ed... Not sure just what he thinks the Bridgehunter Nation can do about it though!

Posted July 16, 2017

Not sure what you mean here Alex... But anyway good luck with complaining to the railroad!

Posted July 16, 2017

Very neat old pony! I wonder if this obscure firm might have been the predecessors to the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works.

Posted July 14, 2017

Looks like it's just East of Mocksville.

Posted July 14, 2017

Glad to have you with us Mike! You can always contact me with any questions! And I'm sure most of the other good people here would tell you the same!

Posted July 14, 2017
Posted July 13, 2017

Awesome!

Posted July 13, 2017

A modern truss bridge is "Historically relevant"?... What an IDIOT!!!

Posted July 12, 2017

Great to see! We need more groups like this out there!!