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 

White Lick Creek Bridge (Older) (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge
November 18, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and other information.
Kankakee River CR 1500S Bridge (La Porte County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Kankakee River on CR 1500 South
November 15, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added lost date
Bonpas Creek Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Truss bridge over Bonpas Creek likely was on CR 1100N East of Browns
November 15, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added likely location
White Lick Creek CR100S Bridge (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss over White Lick Creek on County Road 100 South
October 29, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and other information.
Lindsey Mayes Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Neosho River near Sportsmens Acres. This is really the Neosho River.
October 17, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name per forum
Country Club Road Bridge (Wise County, Texas)
Lost through truss bridge over West Fork Trinity River
October 16, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Gone in latest satellite imagery
Artesian Road Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Lost Hammond (Pratt variant) through truss bridge over Indian Creek on Artesian Road
October 15, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Moonshine Bridge (Clark County, Illinois)
Relocated pony truss, now at the Casey Country Club in Casey, IL
October 8, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location
La Valle Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Through truss bridge over Baraboo River on Center Street in La Valle
September 24, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on triangular shaped plaque.
Crescent Road Bridge (Belmont County, Ohio)
Pony truss bridge over Wheeling Creek on Crescent Road (CR 5)
September 23, 2018: Added
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

Recent Comments 

Posted November 15, 2018

My pleasure Melissa!

I always enjoy looking at these old photos and postcards and trying to fill in the blanks! This one is challenging though!

Posted November 15, 2018

Hard to tell Melissa... The upper chord looks to be flat which would suggest a Pratt, Whipple or Baltimore truss. But it's too fuzzy to be sure.

Posted November 6, 2018

Even without the plaques those funny little open finials were unique to Chicago Bridge Co. as well!

Posted November 5, 2018

Likely from the lesser known Pan American Bridge Company of Moberly, Missouri and not my hometown Pan American Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana. The Missouri firm actually took it's name from the older Indiana firm, who also supplied some of the trusses for the fledgling company.

Posted November 5, 2018

Simple Lattice pony I would say. I have heard the more unique Canton ones referred to as a "Lattice Girder".

Posted October 29, 2018

This one is gone per satellite imagery

Posted October 29, 2018

Baltimore trusses were more common on Railroads and thus ones built for highway use are pretty rare. And it's a very old... possibly pre-1880 span from a firm that has less examples remaining that some of the more prominent companies.

Posted October 29, 2018

Looking at pic #9, these endposts are like nothing I have seen before. I originally thought they were paired channels, but looking closer I see 2 sets of paired angles. The outside pair are laced together but it's hard to tell with the inside set.

I really want to swoop in and save this one!

Posted October 29, 2018

Seeing stringers rusted through is no big concern. They are thinner and thus more susceptible to section loss. In most occasions they have been replaced at some point, maybe more than once. From what I can see in the photos the truss members and floor beams appear to be in good shape!

And yes, even though the Cherry Shoals Bridge is the real gem and the Lowe Bridge is pretty special as well, it's always good to come across a large Camelback like this one!

Hodgens Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 27, 2018

How easy would it be to straighten out this road and leave the historic bridge in place?

Apparently too complicated for PennDOT!

Posted October 22, 2018

Beautifully intact Bedstead!

Lowe Bridge (Illinois)
Posted October 22, 2018

I think it's an 1890's span based on the Dean Road Bridge in Ohio that shares a similar portal bracing design and is listed as 1898.

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/lorain/4734734/

Posted October 20, 2018

I dub this style of plaque the "Briefcase Plaque"!

Re: Nomenclature
Posted October 20, 2018

I've always heard them referred to as collision struts.

Lowe Bridge (Illinois)
Posted October 20, 2018

I'm 99% sure it's a Massillon built span... Check the portal bracing

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/lorain/4734734/