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 

North Fork Beanblossom Creek Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Bridge over North Fork Beanblossom Creek on Old Pool Road
August 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 West
August 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 CR300S
August 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 600S
August 10, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on portal design, truss type and circa date
Wallrich Bridge (Livingston County, Illinois)
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on TR 276B
July 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 East
July 7, 2018: Added
Abington Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost through truss bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Pottershop Road
May 12, 2018: New photos
Spring Creek Bridge (Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Stone arch bridge over Spring Creek
February 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 98
December 15, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
Unknown Pony Truss Bridge (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Relocated Warren pony truss bridge currently on dry land
December 13, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
O'Neal Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss over Big Eagle Creek on Holliday Drive off of US 421, north of Zionsville
December 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status... Heavily damaged but not lost yet.
Pratts Bridge (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 bridge
October 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 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.
Newbern/Columbus People Trail 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

Recent Comments 

Posted June 30, 2018

The abutments are the real prize here. My guess is that they once supported a pre-1900 metal or wooden truss of some sort.

Great find Nick... As always!

Posted April 30, 2018

Another successful relocation!

Posted April 25, 2018

Uglybridges.com would be a perfect home for this one.

Posted April 25, 2018

This has been in the making for some time, and a shame nonetheless. The railroads unfortunately have no interest in preserving historic bridges.

Posted March 24, 2018

Article I forgot to include previously...

http://wane.com/2018/01/22/van-crashes-through-bridge-hangs-...

Posted March 24, 2018

Closed following an accident on Jan 22 where a van slid into the railing and partially off of the bridge. Fortunately, damage appears to be minimal and limited mainly to the railing and the eyebar hangers that support the floor beam closest to the end of the bridge. The endpost and first vertical appear to have escaped damage. After the carnage in Boone County I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

The driver lost control due to icy conditions and was unhurt. It doesn't appear to have been anything more than an unfortunate accident.

Posted January 24, 2018

I feel that's as good a guess as anyone else could make Nathan... You are in the right vicinity of this lost town.

This is a true Mongrel if I've ever seen one! Looks like it may have been several spans judging on the width of the stream. Likely gone for a very long time.

Posted December 31, 2017

Between that scowl on her face and the "Battle wounds"(Cast), I wouldn't mess with her!!!

Posted December 27, 2017

...I use a Stethoscope and Rubber Mallet.

Posted December 21, 2017

This bridge will feature off-structure height limit bars that mimic the sway bracing of the bridge! I have long lamented the importance of using these (at a distance not to distract from the photogenic element), but this is taking it to the next step in putting up more than just I-beam Headache bars! Fantastic!!

Posted December 21, 2017

Much better story than the first one I read that didn't even acknowledge it as an Historic Bridge! Boone County is to be highly commended for not only rehabilitating this and the Creek Road Bridge initially... but showing the resolve to do it again!

Posted December 21, 2017
Posted December 17, 2017

The Mobile friendly upgrade is a welcome addition for me as I tend to access BH more on my phone these days!

Black Bridge (New York)
Posted November 16, 2017

Nice!

Posted November 15, 2017

A Parker truss is a sub-type of the Pratt truss...

So it at least gets half credit! ;-)