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 

Hamm Ditch Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Hamm Ditch on Hurshtown Road
April 24, 2017: Added
Mourey Ditch Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Mourey Ditch on Moore Road
April 24, 2017: Added
Hoffman Ditch Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Hoffman Ditch on Wilson Road
April 24, 2017: Added
2nd Street Bridge (Van Wert County, Ohio)
Lost Double-intersection Warren pony truss over Miami & Erie Canal on South Main Street (now 2nd Street)
April 24, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed Allen County, Indiana from description
Yellow Creek CR 100N Bridge (West) (Adams County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Yellow Creek on County Road 100N
April 24, 2017: Added
Yellow Creek CR 100N Bridge (East) (Adams County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Yellow Creek on County Road 100N
April 24, 2017: Added
Loblolly Creek CR 200W Bridge (Adams County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Loblolly Creek on County Road 200W (Abandoned section)
April 24, 2017: Added
Price Bridge (Adams County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on County Road 150W
April 24, 2017: Added
Little Cedar Creek CR 3 Bridge (De Kalb County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Little Cedar Creek on County Road 3
April 24, 2017: Added
Chaplin River Bridge (Mercer County, Kentucky)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chaplin River on Deep Creek Road
April 24, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
Thompson Creek Bridge (Mercer County, Kentucky)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Thompson Creek on Central Pike
April 24, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
Kentucky River KY 80 Bridge (Perry County, Kentucky)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kentucky River on KY 80 in Combs
April 24, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
Little Cedar Creek CR 52 Bridge (De Kalb County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Little Cedar Creek on County Road 52
April 24, 2017: Added
Messick-Hackenburg Bridge (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Messick-Hackenburg Lake Connector on County Road 75W
April 23, 2017: Added
Fawn River County Road 125E Bridge (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Fawn River on County Road 125E
April 23, 2017: Added
Ontario Bridge (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Pigeon River on County Road 225E
April 23, 2017: Added
Pigeon River CR 100W Bridge (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pigeon River on CR 100W
April 23, 2017: Added
Fawn River County Road 400W Bridge (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Fawn River on CR 400W
April 23, 2017: Added
Daniel Creek Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Daniel Creek on CR 450 East
April 19, 2017: New photo
Zinn Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 500 E
April 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name as per county engineer comment
Paw Paw Creek 800N Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Paw Paw Creek on County Road 800 North
April 19, 2017: Added
Dimmsville Covered Bridge 38-34-02 (Juniata County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Covered bridge over Cocolamus Creek on PA 2017 west of Seven Stars
April 17, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge collapsed April 11, 2017
Hoosier Land Park Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Pipe Creek on park road.
April 15, 2017: Added
Fifth Street Bridge (Henry County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Fall Creek on 5th Street
April 13, 2017: Added
Gallatin Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Grand River near Gallatin
April 13, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added map location based on given coordinates.
Gallatin Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Grand River near Gallatin
April 13, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added map location based on given coordinates.
Big Sandy Creek Bridge (Woodson County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Big Sandy Creek
April 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge removed but not replaced.
Hickory Creek Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Warren pony truss bridge over Hickory Creek on 10th Road (Abandoned Section)
April 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Brickmine Bridge (Cavalier County, North Dakota)
Warren through truss bridge over Pembina River on a county highway, 5 mi. east of Vang in Fremont Township
April 8, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name and truss type.
Brickmine Bridge (Cavalier County, North Dakota)
Warren through truss bridge over Pembina River on a county highway, 5 mi. east of Vang in Fremont Township
April 8, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name and truss type.
Butler Bridge (Real County, Texas)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over South Camp Wood Creek on Trail
April 8, 2017: Added
Cumberland Road Bridge (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Concrete bridge over Stoney Creek on Cumberland Road in Noblesville
April 6, 2017: New photo
Haun Creek Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Haun Creek, 3.0 mi. north and 1.7 mi. west of Wilsey
April 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
South Duck Creek Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over South Duck Creek on C-24 Local, 3.0 mi. south of Buxton
April 1, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status... Obviously the "Open to traffic" no longer applies!
Blue Bluff Road Bridge (Morgan County, Indiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over White River on Blue Bluff Road
March 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Maxdale Bridge (Bell County, Texas)
Parker through truss bridge over Lampasas River on Maxdale Road
March 26, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
BNSF - Navasota River Bridge (Brazos County, Texas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Brazos River on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
March 26, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Parker to Pratt truss.
Jones Road Bridge #2 (St. Lawrence County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over West Branch St. Regis River on Jones Road
March 25, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from through to pony truss
Jones Road Bridge #1 (St. Lawrence County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over West Branch St. Regis River on Jones Road
March 25, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from through to pony truss
Mill Spring Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Collapsed through truss bridge over Black River south of Mill Spring
March 16, 2017: New photo
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Beaver Creek Bridge #137 (Martin County, Indiana)
Replaced pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on CR 170 North (CR243)
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Beaver Creek Bridge #137 (Martin County, Indiana)
Replaced pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on CR 170 North (CR243)
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
West Fork Fish Creek Bridge (Wetzel County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over West Fork of Fish Creek on CR 12 in Littleton
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
Buchanan Bridge (Wetzel County, West Virginia)
Pony truss bridge over Little Fishing Creek on CR 7/23
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name, builder, and truss type
Moffett Mill Bridge (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Lost through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Moffet Mill Road
February 12, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Central Avenue Bridge (Older) (Delaware County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Olentangy River on Rt 37
February 12, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Dry Creek Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek, 3.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Whitewater
February 4, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.

Recent Comments 

Posted April 24, 2017

What a waste!

Posted April 23, 2017

Yup Michael... It's a Pratt through. This was probably originally a 2-span Bowstring and one of the spans was compromised in some way and replaced by the Pratt.

RE: Just saying........
Posted April 22, 2017

Your weekend anniversary getaway turns into an impromptu "Bridgehunt" :-/

Posted April 21, 2017

I believe this was the bridge featured at the start of the movie Varsity Blues. The town of Elgin was used as the fictitious town of West Caanan, but other parts were shot around Coupland and likely included this bridge.

Posted April 21, 2017

I've seen that U-bar once, maybe twice... Very unusual

Posted April 21, 2017

I'm more inclined to think that it replaced an 1850 structure.

Posted April 21, 2017

...Could have been acquired from elsewhere and moved here in 07'.

Posted April 21, 2017

I agree John that it's kinda light for a post-1900 RR span, But that 1850 date is even a bigger stretch! I would say more like 1885-1895 maybe.

Posted April 21, 2017

I think all truss bridges under replacement should be disassembled and stored for at least 10 years!

Posted April 21, 2017

Great to see this one coming together after all the delays!

Nels and his gang are top notch, and Juls just keeps doin' her thing! ;-)

And Robert we have such a great collaboration of souls here on BH, I like to think it helps bring some of these projects to fruition!

Posted April 21, 2017

Well, at least it's in Texas... Better odds that it will be preserved than not!

re. Mystery Erie Canal Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017

I agree with Robert...

It's too light for anything rail related, and from what I can see on my phone too narrow. It looks like a utility bridge that is only accessible by climbing.

Othmar (BS)
Posted April 20, 2017

Well, I guess considering all of the culverts and other non-historic/non-notable bridges that are being added lately it's to be expected. It's sad the stuff that is watering down this otherwise fantastic site!

Springfield Bridge (Othmar BS)
Posted April 20, 2017

I would suggest not cluttering the forum with it in April, let it play out and then worry about it in December. It's annoying enough to hear about it for the last two months of the year!

Unknown Bridge in Northern Wisconsin?
Posted April 19, 2017

Whoa! Where did the picture come from? Looks like a 3-span Baltimore perhaps. And a bridge like this still functioning in Wisconsin would be a real treat!