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 

Sand Hill Creek Bridge (Perry County, Mississippi)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Sand Hill Creek on Otho Sellers Road
January 18, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status from post and confirmed from NBI.
Piney Woods Creek Bridge (Perry County, Mississippi)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Piney Woods Creek on Otho Sellers Road
January 18, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status from post and confirmed from NBI.
Main Street Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Wabash River on Main Street and Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co.
January 15, 2019: New photos
Abbott Mill Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Lost Bridge over Big Duck Creek on Anderson Street
January 14, 2019: New photo
Abbott Mill Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Lost Bridge over Big Duck Creek on Anderson Street
January 14, 2019: Added
Elm Street Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Elm Street
January 12, 2019: New photo
Elm Street Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Elm Street
January 11, 2019: Added
Tillotson Avenue Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Tillotson Avenue
January 11, 2019: New photo
Tillotson Avenue Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Tillotson Avenue
January 11, 2019: Added
Dowden Avenue Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mississinewa River on Dowden Avenue
January 11, 2019: New photo
Dowden Avenue Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mississinewa River on Dowden Avenue
January 11, 2019: Added
Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge (Fulton County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring Through truss bridge on Old US-31 over Tippecanoe River
January 7, 2019: New photo
Old US-31 Tippecanoe River Bridge (Fulton County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring Through truss bridge on Old US-31 over Tippecanoe River
January 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Confirmed through truss and added likely fabricator.
Sharon Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore Through truss bridge over Mississinewa River
January 6, 2019: New photo
Sharon Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore Through truss bridge over Mississinewa River
January 5, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type
Spangler Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Former Road
January 5, 2019: Added
Little Hocking River-Old OH124 Bridge (Older) (Washington County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Hocking River on Newberry Road
January 5, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
West Jackson Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on West Jackson Street
January 5, 2019: New photo
Walnut Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Walnut Street
January 5, 2019: New photo
Walnut Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Walnut Street
January 5, 2019: Added
Clifton Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Mississinewa River on CR 525E
January 5, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Made correction, over the Mississinewa River and not the White.
Memorial Drive Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Memorial Drive
January 5, 2019: New photo
Memorial Drive Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Memorial Drive
January 5, 2019: Added
Broadway Avenue Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Broadway Avenue
January 3, 2019: New photo
Broadway Avenue Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Broadway Avenue
January 3, 2019: Added
West Jackson Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on West Jackson Street
January 3, 2019: New photo
West Jackson Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on West Jackson Street
January 3, 2019: Added
Hueston Cemetery Bridge (Hardin County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Blanchard River on County Road 20
January 3, 2019: New photo
Hueston Cemetery Bridge (Hardin County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Blanchard River on County Road 20
January 3, 2019: Added
East Jackson Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on East Jackson Street
January 3, 2019: New photo
East Jackson Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on East Jackson Street
January 3, 2019: Added
Washington Street Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore Through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Washington Street
January 3, 2019: New photo
Washington Street Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Baltimore Through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on Washington Street
January 3, 2019: Added
High Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on High Street/Wheeling Avenue
January 3, 2019: New photos
High Street Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over White River (West Fork) on High Street/Wheeling Avenue
January 3, 2019: Added
Half Day-Indian Creek Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Indian Creek on Milwaukee Avenue
January 3, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added location (approximate), truss type and tweaked the name.
Kentucky Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Kentucky Avenue
January 2, 2019: New photo
Kentucky Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Kentucky Avenue
January 2, 2019: Added
Taylor Street Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Taylor Street
January 2, 2019: New photo
Taylor Street Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Taylor Street
January 2, 2019: Added
Walton Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Maumee River on Walton Avenue
January 1, 2019: New photo
Walton Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Maumee River on Walton Avenue
January 1, 2019: Added
Van Buren Street Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Van Bure Street
January 1, 2019: New photos
Van Buren Street Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Van Bure Street
January 1, 2019: Added
Broadway Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Broadway
January 1, 2019: New photo
Broadway Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Broadway
January 1, 2019: Added
Main Street Bridge (Old) (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Main Street
January 1, 2019: New photos
Main Street Bridge (Old) (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Main Street
January 1, 2019: Added
Spy Run Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Spy Run Avenue
January 1, 2019: New photo
Spy Run Avenue Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over St. Marys River on Spy Run Avenue
January 1, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted January 21, 2019

At least the city didn't scrap it intentionally!

Posted January 21, 2019

Hard to tell for sure if those are circles at the top of the portals... or small X bracings. Could definitely be a CBW span, but could also be an early Milwaukee B&I Works as well.

Posted January 21, 2019

Yup... I agree with Luke

Had never been able to find out what happened to this bridge!

Posted January 20, 2019

No, the Clodfelter Bridge was over Big Raccoon Creek near the town of Morton and was lost in the flood of 1957.

Posted January 18, 2019

There was originally a town of that name nearby.

Posted January 18, 2019

No, that bridge was on what is now US 231 South of Fincastle.

Posted January 15, 2019

...And yes Nick, that Rainbow Bridge does need to be rescued before Mother Nature finishes her reclamation of it! There has been talk for a long time about it... But NO action!

Posted January 15, 2019

It could be, but hard to be for certain.

Some information I have seen has the Boner (Sorry, but I always snicker when I type this one!) Bridge being started as early as 1866.

Posted January 14, 2019

Yup... Looks about ca. 1900 to me.

Posted January 7, 2019

This is a "Select" bridge so the county must be replacing it with their own funds, as fed money wouldn't be available.

Posted January 7, 2019

Good stuff Jim! I added the photo courtesy of you.

Looking at the pic close-up it appears to be a Columbia Bridge Works Bowstring!

Posted January 6, 2019

Melissa can you send that link to my email address... I would like to read the article.

Posted January 6, 2019

Thanks Melissa... Hadn't gotten that far yet.

Posted January 5, 2019

You're obviously talking about a different bridge considering these photos are only a couple months old.

Posted January 2, 2019

My favorite NYC bridge... Hey, it's a truss!