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 

Franklin Street Bridge (Older) (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Franklin Street
September 20, 2018: Added
North Fork Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over North Fork Little Nemaha River on CR-28, .5 mi. west and 7.2 mi. north of Syracuse
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is closed
North Fork Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost pony truss bridge over North Fork Little Nemaha River on CR-B, 7 mi. north and .2 mi. west of Syracuse
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Muddy Creek Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Muddy Creek on CR-20, 1.2 mi. east and 3.6 mi. north of Burr
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is closed
Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on CR 12 (12th Road), 1.7 mi. east and .3 mi. south of Palmyra
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Flood Creek Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Flood Creek on 44th Road, 3.5 mi. east and 2.7 mi. north of Otoe
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on CR 24 (24th Road), 1.5 mi. east and .8 mi. south of Unadilla
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Fox Creek Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost pony truss bridge over Fox Creek on CR 50 (50th Rd), 1.6 mi. east and 1 mi. south of Dunbar
September 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Bridge of Styx (Orange County, Indiana)
Bowstring pony truss bridge
September 16, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed date to ca. 1880... The ca. 1905 date was for the photograph.
Roberts Covered Bridge (Marion County, Indiana)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Fall Creek on 79th Street
September 13, 2018: Added
Massillon Mystery Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Unknown creek on Road
September 13, 2018: Added
Riley Park Bowstring (Hancock County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Brandywine Creek on East Main Street (US 40/National Road)
September 12, 2018: Added
Old Main Street-Sugar Creek Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on Main Street (US Route 52)
September 12, 2018: Added
Wright Covered Bridge (Randolph County, Indiana)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over White River on County Road 900 West
September 10, 2018: Added
Duncan Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on County Road 200 West
September 8, 2018: Added
Buck Creek CR 875W Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Buck Creek on CR 875 West
August 29, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge was set off of Buck Creek today in preparation for being dismantled, repaired and rebuilt in a Shelbyville park.
Coffee Creek Bridge (Porter County, Indiana)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Coffee Creek
August 22, 2018: Added
Fairfield Millrace Bridge (Franklin County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Millrace on Old Fairfield Road
August 22, 2018: Added
Locust Avenue Bridge (Guthrie County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over South Raccoon River on CR N70 (Locust Avenue)
August 22, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on photo
North Fork Beanblossom Creek Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Bridge over North Fork Beanblossom Creek on Old Pool Road
August 14, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed type to reflect that this isn't a truss.
Dongola #2 Steel Bridge (Pike County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 300 West
August 12, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added build date and contractor
White Lick Creek CR300S (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on CR300S
August 10, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info
White Lick Creek CR600S (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over White Lick Creek on CR 600S
August 10, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on portal design, truss type and circa date
Wallrich Bridge (Livingston County, Illinois)
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on TR 276B
July 9, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed build date to circa date... WIBCo was out of business in 1905.
Lick Branch Bridge (Henry County, Indiana)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Lick Branch on Old alignment of County Road 100 East
July 7, 2018: Added
Abington Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost through truss bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Pottershop Road
May 12, 2018: New photos
Spring Creek Bridge (Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Stone arch bridge over Spring Creek
February 24, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected listing from steel arch to stone arch
War Eagle Bridge (Benton County, Arkansas)
Through truss bridge over War Eagle Creek on CR 98
December 15, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
Unknown Pony Truss Bridge (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Relocated Warren pony truss bridge currently on dry land
December 13, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
O'Neal Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss over Big Eagle Creek on Holliday Drive off of US 421, north of Zionsville
December 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status... Heavily damaged but not lost yet.
Pratts Bridge (Chenango County, New York)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Chenango River on State St.
November 13, 2017: Added
North Fork Solomon River-O Road Bridge (Smith County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over North Fork Solomon River, 2.0 mi. west of Harlan on O Road.
November 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info and fixed wayward coordinates
Everhart Covered Bridge 38-22-05 #2 (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge
October 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed dimensions that were all wrong
Athens Road Bridge (Perry County, Ohio)
Pony truss bridge over Moxahala Creek on Athens Road
September 27, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected build date
Electric Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Concrete stringer bridge over Little Blue River on Short Blue Road
September 24, 2017: Added
Judd Bayou - Charles Brown Road Bridge (Madison Parish, Louisiana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Judd Bayou on Charles Brown Road within Tensas River NWR
September 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is still extant and used for ATV traffic in the park.
Newbern/Columbus People Trail Bridge (Bartholomew County, Indiana)
Camelback through truss bridge over Haw Creek on trail
September 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name given to me by Visitors Bureau.
Doyle Creek-Wagonwheel Road Bridge (Marion County, Kansas)
Relocated Pratt through truss bridge originally over Doyle Creek on Wagonwheel Road
September 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
Bartel Farm Bridge (Marion County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge currently sitting on dry land at the Bartel Farm just east of Hillsboro
September 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information provided by Nick Schmiedeler from his visit.
Peyton Creek Bridge (Chase County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Peyton Creek on a local road, 1.0 mi. north and 3.1 mi. east of Strong City
August 23, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
Mill Road Bridge in Evansburg State Park (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Skippack Creek on PA 4005 (Mill Road) in Evansburg State Park
August 22, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Satellite view shows this bridge to have been rehabbed and reopened to traffic.
Hays Bridge (Hancock County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 675 East
August 17, 2017: New photo
Newville Road Overpass (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Lost pony truss bridge over Amtrak on Newville Road
August 17, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
UP - Chase Road Overpass (Whiteside County, Illinois)
Lost Beam bridge over Chase Road on Union Pacific Railroad (former C&NW)
August 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
UP - Chase Road Overpass (Whiteside County, Illinois)
Lost Beam bridge over Chase Road on Union Pacific Railroad (former C&NW)
August 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
North Fork IN 46 Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over North Fork Salt Creek on IN 46 in Nashville
August 4, 2017: New photo
Broadway Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on S. Broadway (IN19) in Peru
August 4, 2017: New photo
Old River Road Bridge (Delaware County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White River on River Road just North of Daleville
August 3, 2017: Added
Scripture's Bridge (Decatur County, Indiana)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Sand Creek on County Road 1000 South
August 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information per research by Jim Cooper.
Scripture's Bridge (Decatur County, Indiana)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Sand Creek on County Road 1000 South
August 2, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted September 20, 2018

Not a silly question at all.

Hopefully the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer) has been made aware of the relocation and can file the appropriate paperwork (if necessary) to keep the listing intact.

Posted September 20, 2018

UGEC... Ugly Galvanized Eyesore Culvert

Posted September 18, 2018

Photo #8 is not of the Forder Bridge. The portals are different and this is a 3-span structure (Forder was only 2). This bridge was likely on SR 49 just North of Antwerp.

Posted September 13, 2018

I'm guessing that when the sidewalks were added the substructure was changed from stone (Dry laid stone was very uncommon in Indiana) and the deck may have been upgraded. It likely had wooden stringers to begin with. The stone substructure looked pretty rough in the older photo and was likely from the earlier wooden bridge.

Posted September 13, 2018

It's the same bridge... The walkways were added at a later date. The date given is only a circa (guestimate) date, but I did read that there was a wooden bridge (not sure if it was covered) that didn't last very long. It's definitely a tubular arch, and although the odds-makers would say it's a WIBCo product... A Rezner would not be out of the question. Come to think of it if it's a later version of the Rezner design it would have been manufactured by WIBCo. after their purchase of the Ohio Bridge Company.

Both of these photos came from out of an old book and the resolution is pretty lousy.

Posted August 31, 2018

First time I've seen a plaque mounted that way! You're a trooper as always Nick!

Posted August 29, 2018

Stupp Bros. style plaque

Posted August 23, 2018

Agreed Nathan... And wouldn't this look just Dandy sitting in a park! A design I would love to see used again!!

Posted August 22, 2018

From the looks of the concrete there could be 2 more legs exposed soon Nick!

Posted June 30, 2018

The abutments are the real prize here. My guess is that they once supported a pre-1900 metal or wooden truss of some sort.

Great find Nick... As always!

Posted April 30, 2018

Another successful relocation!

Posted April 25, 2018

Uglybridges.com would be a perfect home for this one.

Posted April 25, 2018

This has been in the making for some time, and a shame nonetheless. The railroads unfortunately have no interest in preserving historic bridges.

Posted March 24, 2018

Article I forgot to include previously...

http://wane.com/2018/01/22/van-crashes-through-bridge-hangs-...

Posted March 24, 2018

Closed following an accident on Jan 22 where a van slid into the railing and partially off of the bridge. Fortunately, damage appears to be minimal and limited mainly to the railing and the eyebar hangers that support the floor beam closest to the end of the bridge. The endpost and first vertical appear to have escaped damage. After the carnage in Boone County I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

The driver lost control due to icy conditions and was unhurt. It doesn't appear to have been anything more than an unfortunate accident.