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 

Big Creek-D Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Big Creek on D Road
May 24, 2017: Added
Dry Fork Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Dry Fork Creek on Lower Dry Fork Road
May 23, 2017: Added
Harberts Creek-Deputy Pike (CR 600W Vicinity) Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Harberts Creek on Deputy Pike (CR 300N)
May 23, 2017: Added
Harberts Creek CR 533W Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Harberts Creek on County Road 533 West
May 23, 2017: Added
Harrison Street-Salamonia Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Girder bridge over Salamonie River on Harrison St. (Treaty Line Road)
May 23, 2017: Added
Butternut Creek CR 100W Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Butternut Creek on County Road 100 West
May 23, 2017: Added
Salamonie River CR 550E Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Salamonie River on County Road 550 East
May 23, 2017: Added
Salamonie River CR 300S Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Girder bridge over Salamonie River on County Road 300 South
May 23, 2017: Added
Little Salamonie River CR 300S Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Warren pony truss bridge over Little Salamonie River on County Road 300 South
May 23, 2017: Added
Butternut Creek CR 350S Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Butternut Creek on County Road 350 South
May 23, 2017: Added
Brooks Creek CR 350S Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Girder bridge over Brooks Creek on County Road 350 South
May 23, 2017: Added
Salamonie River CR 500E Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Salamonie River on County Road 500 East
May 23, 2017: Added
Salamonie River CR 500E Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Salamonie River on County Road 500 East
May 23, 2017: Added
Salamonie River CR 425E bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Salamonie River on County Road 425 East
May 23, 2017: Added
Wikel Ditch CR 400W Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Wikel Ditch (Blaine Run) on County Road 400 West
May 23, 2017: Added
Sipe Ditch Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Sipe Ditch (Kinsey Run) on County Road 300 West
May 22, 2017: Added
Mud Creek CR 1000W Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Creek on County Road 1000 West
May 22, 2017: Added
Walling Ditch Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Girder bridge over Walling Ditch on Walnut Corner Road
May 22, 2017: Added
Brooks Creek CR 250N Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Warren pony truss bridge over Brooks Creek on County Road 250 North
May 22, 2017: Added
Bear Creek CR 150E Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on County Road 150 East
May 22, 2017: Added
Camp Run Creek CR 800N Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Camp Run Creek on County Road 800 North
May 22, 2017: Added
State Line Road Pony Truss Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Scherman Ditch on State Line Road (CR 235E)
May 22, 2017: Added
Camp Run Creek CR 850N Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Camp Run Creek on County Road 850 North
May 22, 2017: Added
Slough Creek CR 800S Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Slough Creek on County Road 800 South
May 21, 2017: Added
Gushwa Ditch CR 1100S Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Gushwa Ditch on County Road 1100 South
May 21, 2017: Added
Wheatfield Ditch CR 300W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Wheatfield Ditch on County Road 300 West
May 21, 2017: Added
Dehaan Ditch CR 1100W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Dehaan Ditch on County Road 1100 West
May 21, 2017: Added
Taylor Ditch CR 1100W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Taylor Ditch on County Road 1100 West
May 21, 2017: Added
Wheatfield Ditch CR 1000N Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Wheatfield Ditch on County Road 1000 North
May 21, 2017: Added
Wheatfield Ditch CR 100W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Wheatfield Ditch on County Road 100 West
May 21, 2017: Added
Davisson Ditch CR 20W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Davisson Ditch on County Road 20 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Iroquois River CR 800W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Iroquois River on County Road 800 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Iroquois River CR 400W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Iroquois River on County Road 400 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Oliver Ditch CR 100S Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Oliver Ditch on County Road 100 South
May 20, 2017: Added
Swain Ditch CR 100N Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Pratt Bedstead pony truss bridge over Swain Ditch on County Road 100 North (Abandoned section)
May 20, 2017: Added
Curtis Creek CR 325S Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Curtis Creek on County Road 325 South
May 20, 2017: Added
Ringeisen Ditch CR 175E Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Ringeisen Ditch on County Road 175 East
May 20, 2017: Added
Gushwa Ditch CR 1300 South Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Gushwa Ditch on County Road 1300 South
May 20, 2017: Added
Egypt Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Carpenter Creek on County Road 870 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Carpenter Creek Branch CR 480W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Branch of Carpenter Creek on County Road 480 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Slough Creek CR 480W Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Slough Creek on County Road 480 West
May 20, 2017: Added
Smart Ditch SR 39 Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Smart Ditch on State Road 39
May 20, 2017: Added
Vernon Fork US 31 Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Vernon Fork Muscatatuck River on US 31
May 20, 2017: Added
McMillan Ditch CR 100S Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over McMillan Ditch on County Road 100 South
May 20, 2017: Added
Guthrie Creek Old US 50 Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Guthrie Creek on Old US 50
May 20, 2017: Added
Mchargue Ditch CR 500W Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over McHargue Ditch on County Road 500 West
May 20, 2017: Added
McMillan Ditch CR 150S Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over McMillan Ditch on County Road 150 South
May 20, 2017: Added
Horse Lick Creek CR 475E Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Horse Lick Creek on County Road 475 East
May 19, 2017: Added
Smart Ditch CR 700E Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Smart Ditch on County Road 700 East
May 19, 2017: Added
Pond Creek Branch CR 400S Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Branch of Pond Creek on County Road 400 South
May 19, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted May 22, 2017

What the HELL!!! The Preble County powers that be have lost their D..M minds!!!

This used to be one of my favorite county's to visit, but then they proceeded to annihilate most of their pony trusses including the rare Longman Road Bridge. They destroy another pony just to replace it with one of the ugliest replica covered bridges I have even seen... and then plan to relocate a different pony into the state park. Then they finally do a good thing in rehabilitating the Seven Mile Road Bridge... Only to botch the placement of the historic plaques so that Mr. Cross can have his name equally placed. And now this? I can only hope that it is going somewhere that it will be better appreciated... and not into a scrap furnace!

Posted May 22, 2017

Neat photo!

Posted May 22, 2017

They try and try to give these replacement UCEB's character... And it just doesn't work.

Posted May 20, 2017
Posted May 18, 2017

Time for solid I-Beam Headache bars since this has happened at least 3 times now! And they need to be far enough away as not to disrupt with photography.

Hell's Gate (Indiana)
Posted May 17, 2017

Yeah... Need a Gondola to get through there right now!

Posted May 17, 2017

Here is the page for it!

Posted May 17, 2017

Salt trucks strike again!

Little Sandy River Mystery Elvis Bridge... Maybe!
Posted May 17, 2017

Oh Snap... Tony might have found something hiding in the weeds near all of those other LSR coverted RR spans! I saw a couple of abandoned structures listed... But not this one! Looks like a through truss that was abandoned SW of the end of Vincent Road (Hil? Road is the road farther to the SW).

Check it out...

38.2932831674, -82.9594272931

I'm too far away for an inspection. M Cox do you know anything about this one? If not... Nick S. wanna take a road trip? ;-)

Posted May 17, 2017

Geeze... I've never seen so many converted RR spans in one county!

Posted May 17, 2017

Wow!

Little Sandy River EL&BS Railroad Bridge's 1, 2, and 3
Posted May 17, 2017

What a neat stretch of converted rail corridor! Would make a great walking trail!

Posted May 17, 2017

Not a 1913 bridge... More like ca.1890.

Posted May 17, 2017

Photos 9,10 and 11 are not the same bridge as 1-8.

Posted May 17, 2017

Unfortunately, I think that the manufacturers of these MOB's (or Modern Ugly's as I like to call them) like to tout them as being "just as good" as the historic spans they replace. And while maybe they are stronger, in no shape or form can they match the integrity of those iconic structures that are lost. Weather the powers that be 50 or so years from now deem these modern trusses as historic remains to be seen. But for now I can't understand the logic that is used (Not Used!) in most of these situations. While I have no problem with these modern spans being used in new applications, I will always abhor them replacing an historic bridge that can be rehabilitated.