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 

CR 45 - Manns Fork Salt Creek Bridge (Old) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Manns Fork Salt Creek on County Road 45
June 24, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Lydell Road - Honey Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Honey Creek on Lydell Road
June 24, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Devils Backbone Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost truss bridge over Paint Creek on abandoned section of Old 725
June 23, 2019: New photo
Devils Backbone Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost truss bridge over Paint Creek on abandoned section of Old 725
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added correct location and other stuff
OH 48 - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Stillwater River on OH 48
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Seven Mile Creek Bridge - Older (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on OH 725
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Klinger Road - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Stillwater River on Klinger Road
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and build date
Rock Mills Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Miami Trace Road
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and other stuff
Singer Ditch CR 745S Bridge (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Bridge over Singer Ditch on CR 745S
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added type
Needmore Road - Great Miami River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Needmore Road
June 23, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Broadway Street Steel Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on Broadway Street (SR 19)
June 22, 2019: New photo
Broadway Street Steel Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on Broadway Street (SR 19)
June 22, 2019: Added
Cook-Yankeetown Road - Paint Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Cook-Yankeetown
June 21, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Manning Street - North Fork Licking River Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Fork Licking River on Manning Street
June 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Wilson Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Wilson Street
June 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
11th Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on 11th Street
June 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
West Gladstone Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Escanaba River on County Road 420
June 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Ransom Road - Maple River Bridge (Gratiot County, Michigan)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Maple River on Ransom Road
June 19, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Wilson Road - Maple River Bridge (Gratiot County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Maple River on Wilson Road
June 19, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Kitselman Park-Albany Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Camelback through truss bridge over West Fork White River on White River Greenway/Cardinal Greenway
June 19, 2019: New photo
Kitselman Park-Albany Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Camelback through truss bridge over West Fork White River on White River Greenway/Cardinal Greenway
June 18, 2019: Added
15 Mile Road - Kalamazoo River Bridge (Calhoun County, Michigan)
Lost Through truss bridge over Kalamazoo River on 15 Mile Road
June 18, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Delaware River-170th Road Bridge (Brown County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Delaware River, 0.5 mi. south and 2.8 mi. west of Powhattan
June 18, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced.
Brush Creek-CR 950N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Brush Creek on County Road 950 North
June 16, 2019: New photo
Brush Creek-CR 950N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Brush Creek on County Road 950 North
June 16, 2019: Added
Walnut Fork CR 1100W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Walnut Fork of Sugar Creek on County Road 1100 West
June 16, 2019: New photo
Big Eagle Creek CR 200S Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on County Road 200 South
June 16, 2019: New photo
Kreager Ditch-CR 200N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Kreager Ditch (Old Channel Eagle Creek) on County Road 200 North
June 16, 2019: New photos
Kreager Ditch-CR 200N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Kreager Ditch (Old Channel Eagle Creek) on County Road 200 North
June 16, 2019: Added
Eagle Creek CR 300N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Eagle Creek on County Road 300N
June 16, 2019: New photos
Big Raccoon Creek-Old US 136 Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on Old US 136
June 16, 2019: New photo
Big Raccoon Creek CR 900W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on CR 900 W
June 16, 2019: New photo
Big Raccoon Creek-CR 1050W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on County Road 1050 West
June 16, 2019: New photo
Big Raccoon Creek-CR 1050W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on County Road 1050 West
June 16, 2019: Added
Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on IN 39
June 16, 2019: New photo
Brown's Wonder Creek-CR 50W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Brown's Wonder Creek on County Road 50 West
June 16, 2019: New photo
Brown's Wonder Creek-CR 50W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Brown's Wonder Creek on County Road 50 West
June 16, 2019: Added
Brown's Wonder Creek-Caldwell Road Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Brown's Wonder Creek on Caldwell Road
June 16, 2019: New photos
Brown's Wonder Creek-Caldwell Road Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Brown's Wonder Creek on Caldwell Road
June 16, 2019: Added
Mud Creek-CR 950N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Creek on County Road 950 North
June 16, 2019: New photo
Mud Creek-CR 950N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Creek on County Road 950 North
June 16, 2019: Added
Mud Creek CR 850N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Run Branch of Sugar Creek on County Road 850 North
June 16, 2019: New photos
Main Edlin Ditch-Edlin Road Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Main Edlin Ditch on Edlin Road
June 16, 2019: New photo
Main Edlin Ditch-Edlin Road Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Main Edlin Ditch on Edlin Road
June 16, 2019: Added
Conrail IN-32 Overpass (Boone County, Indiana)
Slab bridge over South Street (SR-32) on Conrail
June 16, 2019: New photos
Ross Ditch-CR 350N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Ross Ditch on County Road 350 North
June 16, 2019: New photo
Ross Ditch-CR 350N Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Ross Ditch on County Road 350 North
June 16, 2019: Added
Prairie Creek-CR 100S Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Prairie Creek on County Road 100 South
June 16, 2019: New photo
Prairie Creek-CR 100S Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Prairie Creek on County Road 100 South
June 16, 2019: Added
CSX I-65 Overpass (Boone County, Indiana)
Steel stringer bridge over I-65 on Conrail
June 16, 2019: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted June 23, 2019

Great article written about the bridge... And it wasn't to say "Kiss it goodbye because it's being demoed!". Historic name of bridge given. Accurate build date and fabricator along with commissioners given. Even talks about the previous bridge and that it was built by the same firm!

This B.E. Kelley was my kind of writer!

P.S. Melissa... Please dig up a pic of the pre-1900 bridge that was here. Given the description I'm betting it was a 3-span version of one of those awesome Champion Bowstring pony trusses! Thanks in advance! ;-)

Posted June 22, 2019

Loved this one as well Jen!

It would still be there if that tree hadn't fallen on it. I remember that tree as well and wish it had been taken down before this happened.

The old bridge was moved to a contractors lot and I think there was hope of someday reconstructing it. I don't know if it is still there or was scrapped.

Posted June 22, 2019

Jen, I created a new page for the "Broadway Street Steel Bridge" to seperate it from the earlier iron structure. I moved the one photo to the new page but whoever added pic #4 will have to move it. Thank you for noting this I should have caught it earlier. I don't know a removal date for the steel truss bridge but don't think it lasted more than a couple decades and was replaced in favor of a much wider concrete arch structure.

Posted June 21, 2019

While I totally agree that this is no doubt a Massillon built span, I do think they have the date wrong. The portals that matched their bowstring trusses were built from the late 1870's until 1885. The flat Lattice portals were used in the 1890's.

Posted June 21, 2019

I have found that most of these fabricators were constantly tweaking their designs to be more efficient, but not necessarily patenting every one. It certainly makes sense that a single rolled arch should be cheaper and easier to construct. If I am confident of a builder without documentation I usually list them with a (Likely Fabricator) tag attached.

Posted June 21, 2019

He would likely tell you the same thing I did.

Posted June 20, 2019

Word has it from a reliable source that this will be the next bridge moved to the trail system near Corydon. Great news given that it continues to fade into the foliage in it's current location! I would love to see the nice cut stone abutments go with it!

Posted June 20, 2019

Given the top chord alone I would be inclined to think that as well Art. It doesn't match the 2 surviving examples from MVB&I, but they were building bridges in the early 1870's and could have certainly had an earlier design for a bowstring.

Indiana bridge historian Jim Cooper (An amazing researcher of county records) taught me it is best not to note a builder unless you have proof. In this case I would rather see it left blank than be documented incorrectly.

Posted June 20, 2019

Yeah Clark, I was just looking closer at this one and the portal bracing looks like 1890's and not 1870's. I would expect the overall structure too be a little lighter looking as well. Makes me wonder if there wasn't an older span here that was replaced with this one... But he said he took it off of this one so idk.

Posted June 20, 2019

Only in Michigan have I seen them essentially dam a majority of a stream and build a shorter bridge over the rest. I'm guessing this can be attributed to slow-flowing water that doesn't cause erosion issues... Nathan?

Posted June 20, 2019

I do hope they install a plaque on it telling the history so that people will know that those "railings" are actually part of an historic bridge.

Posted June 20, 2019

This is likely another instance where the substructure (abutments) were reused for the replacement span. The NBI date would remain unchanged if that were the case.

Posted June 18, 2019

Being lifted into place tomorrow morning at it's new home over the White River on the Eastside of Muncie...

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/06/17/cra...

Here is the new page for it:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/delaware/bh85596/

Posted June 18, 2019

As much as I hate to see them narrowed, In this situation the floor beams were apparently scrapped. And I do have to admit it's one of the most creative reuses I have seen for an historic bridge!

Posted June 18, 2019

It was indeed 1883... The 1 got knocked off at some point in time.