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 

CSX - Smith Creek Railroad Bridge (New Hanover County, North Carolina)
Pratt through truss bridge over Smith Creek on CSX RR
December 4, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Old Alexander Bridge (Walker County, Georgia)
Pony truss bridge formerly over West Chickamauga Creek on Alexander Bridge Road
December 3, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Mount Carmel Bridge (Wabash County, Illinois)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Wabash River on IL 15/IN 64 in Mount Carmel
December 3, 2020: New photo
Big 4 Railroad-Eel River Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Deck plate girder bridge over Eel River on Norfolk Southern Railroad
December 3, 2020: New photo
Big 4 Railroad-Eel River Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Deck plate girder bridge over Eel River on Norfolk Southern Railroad
December 3, 2020: Added
Wabash Road Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on Wabash Road
December 2, 2020: New photo
Wabash Road Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on Wabash Road
December 2, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added date and confirmed builder
County Bridge (Pitt County, North Carolina)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Tar River on S Pitt Street
December 2, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
PCC&StL - Tippecanoe River Bridge (White County, Indiana)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad in Monticello
December 1, 2020: New photo
Ohio Avenue Bridge (Trumbull County, Ohio)
Warren through truss bridge over CSX RR on Ohio Avenue
November 30, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Ohio Avenue Bridge (Trumbull County, Ohio)
Warren through truss bridge over CSX RR on Ohio Avenue
November 30, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Dangerous Branch Creek Bridge (Ray County, Missouri)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Dangerous Branch Creek on Highway A (Formerly CR275)
November 29, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Frew Mill Road Bridge (Old) (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Slippery Rock Creek on Frew Mill Road
November 28, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from a through to a pony truss.
Lower Gorge Bridge (Summit County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Southbound State Road 59
November 28, 2020: Added
Otter Creek Bridge (Logan County, Oklahoma)
Pratt through truss bridge over Otter Creek on E0640
November 28, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder per forum comment by Wes Kinsler.
Austin Road Bridge (Sullivan County, New York)
Polygonal Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Halfway Creek on Austin Rd
November 24, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
Ash-Consaul Bridge (Lucas County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Maumee River on Consaul & Ash Streets
November 24, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location and added stuff.
Upper Gorge Bridge (Summit County, Ohio)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Old Northbound State Road 59
November 23, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
14th Street Bridge (1901) (Muscogee County, Georgia)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chattahoochee River on 14th Street
November 23, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Creek Road Overpass (Rock County, Wisconsin)
Lost timber stringer bridge over Wisconsin & Southern Ry (former CMStP&P) on Creek Road
November 21, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to lost per forum post
Center Street Bridge (Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over South Branch Piscataquog River on Center Street
November 20, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Clark Memorial Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Nolands Fork on Cemetery Road
November 19, 2020: New photos
Rock River Wagon Bridge (Rock County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Rock River on Central Avenue
November 17, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
Lowell Dam Wagon Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on wagon road
November 16, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Nueces River Bridge (Old) (La Salle County, Texas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Nueces River on US 35
November 16, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Chautauqua Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Chautauqua Road
November 15, 2020: Added
Steel Bridge (Polk County, Oregon)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over South Yamhill River on Steel Bridge Road
November 12, 2020: Added
Willow Creek Bridge (Morrow County, Oregon)
Pratt pony truss bridge originally over Willow Creek on Cecil Road
November 12, 2020: Added
Balch Gulch Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Pin-connected Pratt deck truss bridge over Balch Gulch on NW Thurman Street in Portland
November 12, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
SE 8th Street Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Dismantled Pratt through truss bridge originally over Umatilla River on 8th Street in Pendleton
November 12, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status as bridge is not lost
Hayden Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Whipple truss bridge over McKenzie River on Abandoned Weyerhauser Logging Railway in Springfield
November 12, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added additional historic name
Galice Road-Rogue River Bridge (Josephine County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over Rogue River on Galice Road
November 12, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from pony to through truss.
Grants Pass Bridge (Josephine County, Oregon)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Rogue River on 6th Street
November 12, 2020: New photo
Grants Pass Bridge (Josephine County, Oregon)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Rogue River on 6th Street
November 12, 2020: Added
South Lebanon Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Little Miami River on South Main Street
November 9, 2020: Added
Stewart Covered Bridge 37-20-28 (Lane County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge on Garoutte Road
November 7, 2020: New photos
Sappa Creek Bridge (Norton County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Sappa Creek, 10.0 mi. north and 11.3 mi. west of Norton
November 6, 2020: New photo
County Swing Bridge (Decatur County, Georgia)
Lost Through truss bridge over Flint River on Dothan Road
November 5, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss types
14th Street Bridge (1901) (Muscogee County, Georgia)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chattahoochee River on 14th Street
November 5, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and possible fabricator.
Stubbs Mill Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Miami River on Stubbs Mills Road
November 3, 2020: Added
East Engle Mill Road Covered Bridge (Greene County, Ohio)
Lost Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge over Anderson's Fork on East Engle Mill Road
October 28, 2020: Added
Maryland Street Bridge (1903) (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Maryland Street
October 28, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected date based on latest photo.
Clark Memorial Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Nolands Fork on Cemetery Road
October 27, 2020: New photo
Clark Memorial Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Nolands Fork on Cemetery Road
October 27, 2020: Added
Washington Street - Tippecanoe River Bridge (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on Washington Street
October 27, 2020: New photo
Traffic Street Bridge (Caddo Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Red River on Traffic Street
October 26, 2020: New photos
Traffic Street Bridge (Caddo Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Red River on Traffic Street
October 26, 2020: Added
Texas Street Bridge (Bossier Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered K through truss bridge over Red River on US 79/US 80 in Shreveport
October 26, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other info.
Main Street Bridge (1887) (Danville, Virginia)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Dan River on Main Street
October 26, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Scottsville Bridge (Albemarle County, Virginia)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over James River on Valley Street
October 26, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type

Recent Comments 

Posted December 4, 2020

Or the "Greetings from Indiana" postcard... With a covered bridge from New Hampshire adorning it!

...Like we don't have any in the Hoosier state!

Posted December 4, 2020

"Only In Your State" is an absolute joke to say the least. I used to get the ones for Indiana but found them to be littered with incorrect information. I would comment and try to help correct things (especially relating to bridges), but found they would reprint the same story at a later time with the same fallacies.

Posted December 2, 2020

It is. I have asked James to delete it.

Posted December 1, 2020

Off-structure steel I-Beams set back several yards from the portals are the way to go. Anything attached to the bridge still exposes the bridge to possible damage. Not to mention ruining the view.

Posted December 1, 2020

Nice video! Looking at drones and wondering what make and model you used? Thanks again for sharing this!

Posted December 1, 2020

Appears to be nothing more than a painted piece of wood that would do little to slow an oversized vehicle.

Grassy Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted November 30, 2020

Perhaps it dates back to when the road was originally established.

Posted November 30, 2020

It's unfortunate that one historic bridge has to be sacrificed for another. That being said, there is NO compairison between a highly significant bowstring truss and a plate girder. It's unknown just how many bowstrings were fabricated by the Smith Bridge Company, but considering no evidence has surfaced so far it couldn't have been many.

Posted November 30, 2020

And what about the difference in substructures?

Posted November 29, 2020

I have always been concerned about it remaining in use at that location, and seeing a few really large pickups crossing it while I was there kinda confirmed that. I wish there was a nice park with a creek it could go into but that doesn't appear to be a possibility in Petersburg.

Posted November 29, 2020

I'm still not sold on the location. I just hope they develope it into something decent!

Posted November 29, 2020

Wrought Iron Bridge Company ca. 1880's. Check pic# 8 of this one...

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/morrow/5931134/

RE: Two lane covered bridge
Posted November 28, 2020

It would have most likely been on East Cherry Street over the Shenango River. It was the lone crossing until the current US-422 spans were built sometime between 1970-82. A steel truss bridge was at that location until it was replaced before 1993, and may well have supplanted the covered bridge.

Posted November 25, 2020

Kind of a curiousity why they would spend the money to remove the plate girder span. Is it possible they needed another structure somewhere else on the proposed trail and moved it?

Posted November 24, 2020

This is a modern (2004) replacement of the historic 1908 bridge.