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 

Fox River CR 62 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Fox River on CR 62
October 14, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost
Dannebrog Bridge (Howard County, Nebraska)
Lost Through truss bridge over Middle Loup River on N58
October 13, 2019: Added
Smoky Hill River-North Ohio St. Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on North Ohio Street
October 13, 2019: Added
Wakefield Bridge (Old) (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost Warren Cantilever truss over Republican River on 6th Street (K 82)
October 13, 2019: Added
Yale Avenue Bridge (Tulsa County, Oklahoma)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Posey Creek on Yale Ave
October 13, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Black Vermillion River-K 99 Bridge (Old) (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Polygonal Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Black Vermillion River on K99 Hwy
October 13, 2019: Added
Deshler "L" Bridge (Thayer County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Snake Creek on Main Street (4th St?)
October 13, 2019: Added
Bryan Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on NE 67
October 13, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Sherdahl Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on Former Road
October 11, 2019: Added
Warwick Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on Former Road
October 11, 2019: Added
East Riley Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Riley Creek, 2.0 mi. south and 0.2 mi. east of Belleville
October 11, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information
Brockmeyer Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Black Vermillion River on Zenith Rd
October 11, 2019: Added
Cragle Ford Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Sunflower Road
October 10, 2019: Added
Ida Avenue Bridge (Jefferson County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Ida Avenue
October 10, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Cook Street- Wisconsin River Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Wisconsin River on Cook Street
October 9, 2019: New photo
Cook Street- Wisconsin River Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Wisconsin River on Cook Street
October 9, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed truss type
Long Bridge (Ida County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Maple River on 1st Street
October 9, 2019: New photo
Johnson Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on former section of SW 89 Rd.
October 9, 2019: Added
Holmesville Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on E Linden Road
October 9, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Humpback Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on S. 23rd Road
October 9, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Silver Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over Silver Creek on CR A, 1 mi. north of Ashland
October 9, 2019: New Street View added
Bloody Run Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Warren pony truss bridge over Bloody Run on S. 120th Road
October 8, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Big Indian Creek Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Abandoned Warren pony truss with alternating verticals over Big Indian Creek on Abandoned S 3rd Drive
October 8, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
Cincinnati Bridge (Pawnee County, Nebraska)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over South Fork Big Nemaha River on Former Road
October 8, 2019: Added
Smoky Hill River Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on North Cunningham Road
October 8, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Juniata Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Big Blue River on Dyer Road
October 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
MoPac Bonne Terre-Big River Railroad Bridge (St. Francois County, Missouri)
Lost Through truss bridge over Big River on MoPac Railroad
October 7, 2019: Added
Austin Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Neosho River, 2.2 mi. east and 2.9 mi. south of Chanute
October 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Shroyer Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on a closed section of Pheasant Road
October 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Shroyer Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on a closed section of Pheasant Road
October 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
North Summit Road - Little Sac River Bridge (Greene County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss over Little Sac River on North Summit Road
October 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Illinois Central - Wabash River Bridge (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Lost swing bridge over Wabash River on Illinois Central RR
October 6, 2019: New photo
MO 14 - James River Bridge (Christian County, Missouri)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over James River on MO 14
October 6, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Tolovana River Bridge (Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Tolovana River on Elliott Highway
October 4, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Old Jefferson Bridge (Plymouth County, Iowa)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Big Sioux River on 483rd Avenue
October 3, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Bradley Bridge (Marathon County, Wisconsin)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Eau Pleine River on County Highway M
October 3, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Parker to Camelback truss
Mill Street - Prairie River Bridge (Lincoln County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Prairie River on Mill Street
October 3, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Stringham Road Bridge (Calhoun County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Kalamazoo River on Stringham Road
October 3, 2019: Added
MILW - Wisconsin River Bridge (Marathon County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lake Du Bay (Wisconsin River) on Railroad (MILW) and SR 34
October 3, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
38th Street-Rabbit River Bridge (Allegan County, Michigan)
Lost Parker pony truss bridge over Rabbit River on 38th Street
October 2, 2019: Added
County Road 665-Paw Paw River Bridge (Van Buren County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Paw Paw River on County Road 665
October 2, 2019: Added
Hyde Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Paw Paw River on Bundy Road
October 2, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Bridge (Allegan County, Michigan)
Lost
October 2, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Maple Street Bridge (Clinton County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Maple River on Maple Street
October 2, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
US75 Monona-Harrison Ditch Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Drainage Ditch on US 75
October 2, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Eddyville Bridge (Armstrong County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Mahoning Creek on Old Route 03086
October 2, 2019: Added
Honeytown Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over East Fork White River on County Road 25 East
October 1, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
Honeytown Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over East Fork White River on County Road 25 East
October 1, 2019: Added
Blue Hole Bridge (Jackson County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Blue Hole Pond on State Road 258
October 1, 2019: Added
Elm Valley Road-Galien River Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Galien River on Elm Valley Road
October 1, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted October 13, 2019

Thank you guys! I told Melissa something looked off and I was actually trying to find one of those to compare with. Not a type I am very familiar with for sure!!

Posted October 13, 2019

JM... You are the RR man and I always appreciate your help!

Posted October 11, 2019

It is so good to see this beauty making a comeback! I talked to the Boone County Engineer about installing off-structure headache bars on this and the Creek Road Bridge. He did inform me that even when complete, this bridge will remain closed until a nearby development is completed.

Posted October 10, 2019

Daniel, I believe there has been conversations on here in the past about some older spans like this being purchased and moved from the East. Not sure if that's the case here or not.

Posted October 9, 2019

I was helping Melissa with some bridges in Nebraska and lo and behold if she doesn't find one that escaped demolition and is still standing! It was exciting to help her verify and add this one!

Great job my friend!!

Posted October 9, 2019

I like these concrete fence railings. This one definitely needs some repairs but could be made to look really nice again!

Posted October 8, 2019

There is a nice big park in Beatrice that borders the Big Blue... Would be a perfect spot to relocate this beauty!

Posted October 8, 2019

Thank you for "digging" into this one Melissa!

Although it's good to know that locally they do deem it to be historic, it's frustrating that they haven't taken further steps to preserve this rare bridge.

Posted October 8, 2019

I did think about the Keystone plaque but they flaired out and were a little wider at the bottom than WIBCo ones.

Posted October 8, 2019

Although the "Prize" span was saved here, I too was thinking last night that it's a shame they didn't repurpose the little Pratt as well!

Posted October 8, 2019

Not seeing anything to suggest Massillon here. I believe the 1910 date was just the usual bad Kansas default date. Although 4-panel thru's are uncommon they do exist.

Posted October 7, 2019

The NBI doesn't even give a date of construction so I don't know where the 1900 came from. It looks more like ca. 1930 to me.

As far as the diamond tread stuff goes, you could note it in the comments but I don't think you'll see enough of them to warrant a category.

Posted October 6, 2019

New interpretation of a "Swing span"

Posted October 4, 2019

I was at the bridge a few weeks ago and actually drove across it, but totally forgot to update the status so thank you for that Art!

As far as the name goes, the true historic name of the bridge is the Hursh Mill Bridge being built for the 1870's mill that stood next to it. The name Hurshtown is actually a misnomer because a town never developed at the location. The Hurshtown name is actually used in conjunction with the water reservoir that was built nearby. The Van Zile Road name has been used the longest simply because along with "Bridge #32" that is what the Allen County Highway Department has called it.

Posted October 4, 2019

Thanks for the new pics of this beauty Mike!

I'm anticipating my upcoming visit to Portland to visit my son and his family! Especially my grandson Alex that I have yet to see in person!

I plan to spend a day travelling the Columbia River to see the bridges and amazing waterfalls of the region. I also plan to make a trip down the coast to take in as many of the Conde McCullough gems as I possibly can!