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 

Turkey Foot Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on Turkey Foot Road
June 18, 2017: Added
Big Eagle Creek CR 100S Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on County Road 100 South
June 18, 2017: Added
Sugar Creek-East County Line Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on East County Line Road
June 18, 2017: New photo
Goldsberry Creek CR 825W Bridge (Boone County, Indiana)
Lost pony truss bridge over Goldsberry Creek on CR 825 W
June 18, 2017: New photo
David Branch Bridge (Brown County, Indiana)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over David Branch on Private Lane
June 17, 2017: Added
UTC - Honey Bee Bridge (Henry County, Indiana)
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Blue River on Indianapolis, New Castle, and Toledo Interurban
June 17, 2017: New photos
Livengood Ford Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over French Lick Creek on Old State Road 145
June 15, 2017: Added
Pipher Hollow Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Lick Creek on County Road 410 West
June 15, 2017: Added
Lost River-Stevens Rd. Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Hammond through truss bridge over Lost River on Stevens Road
June 14, 2017: Added
Lost River-101 Ranch Rd. Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Lost River on 101 Ranch Road (CR 960W)
June 14, 2017: Added
Kankakee River-CR 250W Bridge (Porter County, Indiana)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kankakee River on County Roads 250/400 West
June 14, 2017: Added
Barr Creek-St Wendel Cynthiana Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Barr Creek on St Wendel Cynthiana Road
June 13, 2017: Added
McFadden Creek-Leonard Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over McFadden Creek on Leonard Road
June 13, 2017: Added
McFadden Creek, Branch-Nation Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over a branch of McFadden Creek on Nation Road
June 13, 2017: Added
Olive Creek-Johnson Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Olive Creek on Johnson Road (CR 200S)
June 13, 2017: Added
Big Creek, Branch-Johnson Rd. Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over a branch of Big Creek on Johnson Road (CR 200S)
June 13, 2017: Added
Friendship Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
4-span stone arch bridge over Raccoon Creek on Olean Road
June 11, 2017: New photo
Shepard Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Big Creek on Old Michigan Road
June 11, 2017: New photo
Laughery Creek Viaduct (Ripley County, Indiana)
Deck plate girder bridge over Laughery Creek on CSX Transportation (former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)
June 11, 2017: New photos
Big Graham Creek-Old Michigan Rd. Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Big Graham Creek on Old Michigan Road (CR 550W)
June 11, 2017: Added
Big Ox Creek-Robin Rd. Bridge (Scott County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Ox Creek on Robin Road (CR 25S)
June 10, 2017: Added
Red Mills Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 400 North
June 10, 2017: New photos
North Fork Lewis Creek-Michigan Rd. Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over North Fork of Lewis Creek on Michigan Road (US 421)
June 10, 2017: Added
Conns Creek CR 775E Bridge (Shelby County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Conns Creek on County Road 775 East
June 10, 2017: Added
Wade Creek Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Wade Creek on Asherman Road
June 10, 2017: Added
Bryant Creek Branch Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Warren pony truss bridge over Branch of Bryant Creek on Wade Hill Road
June 10, 2017: Added
Plum Creek Branch Bridge (Switzerland County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Branch of Plum Creek on Plum Creek Road
June 10, 2017: Added
KBSR - Wabash River Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Wabash River and local walking trail on Kankakee Beaverville and Southern Railroad(nee Conrail(New York Central, Penn Central) AND Norfolk Southern Railway(Lake Erie and Western, Nickel Plate Road, Norfolk and Western) in La
June 10, 2017: New photos
Wea Creek 9th St. Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Wea Creek on 9th Street (County Road 100 East)
June 10, 2017: Added
Prairie Creek CR 500W Bridge (Tipton County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Warren pony truss bridge over Prairie Creek on County Road 500 West
June 9, 2017: Added
Turkey Creek CR 100E Bridge (Tipton County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on County Road 100 East
June 9, 2017: Added
Turkey Creek CR 150E Bridge (Tipton County, Indiana)
Lost Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on County Road 150 East
June 9, 2017: Added
Coal Creek CR 230W Bridge (Vermillion County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Coal Creek on County Road 230 West
June 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location and other info, not the abandoned rail bridge in satellite imagery.
Coal Creek CR 230W Bridge (Vermillion County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Coal Creek on County Road 230 West
June 9, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed location and other info, not the abandoned rail bridge in satellite imagery.
Mount Rd.-Paw Paw Creek Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Paw Paw Creek on Mount Road (CR 300W)
June 8, 2017: Added
Blue River-Mt. Carmel Rd. Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Blue River on Mt. Carmel Road
June 7, 2017: Added
Highland Creek Old IN 60 Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Highland Creek on Old IN 60 (Bee Line Road) in Salem
June 7, 2017: New photo
Clifty Creek-Spangler Hill Rd. Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Clifty Creek on Spangler Hill Road
June 7, 2017: Added
Becks Mill Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Mill Creek on Becks Mill Road
June 6, 2017: New photos
Springle Creek-Blue River Rd. Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Springle Creek on Blue River Road
June 6, 2017: Added
Lost River-Sherman Purkhiser Rd. Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Lost River on Sherman Purkhiser Road
June 6, 2017: Added
Delaney Creek-Rooster Hill Rd. Bridge (Washington County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Delaney Creek on Rooster Hill Road
June 6, 2017: Added
State Ave.-PA RR Underpass (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pennsylvania Railroad on State Avenue
June 5, 2017: Added
Mineral Springs Rd.-PA RR Underpass (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Pennsylvania Railroad on Mineral Springs Road
June 5, 2017: Added
Washington Road-PA RR Overpass (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Arch bridge over Washington Road on Former Pennsylvania Railroad
June 5, 2017: Added
Teetor Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Nettle Creek on Turnpike Road
June 5, 2017: New photos
Sherman Street- St Joseph River (Old) (Elkhart County, Indiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Sherman Street
June 5, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Dalton Rd.-Nettle Creek Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Nettle Creek on Dalton Road
June 3, 2017: Added
Cheesman Rd.-Whitewater River Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Whitewater River on Cheesman Road
June 2, 2017: Added
Leavell Road-Nettle Creek Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Nettle Creek on Leavell Road
June 2, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted June 21, 2017

My 2 cents worth...

Posted June 21, 2017

Based on pic #8 this appears to be an arch.

Posted June 19, 2017

Two different bridges George... Turkey River was just demolished and replaced with a new bridge, while Gilliece was collapsed by an overweight truck.

...Both acts of stupidity!

Posted June 19, 2017

Yes, that might be behind the confusion... Road bridge is what's documented here.

Posted June 17, 2017

Dave, I took the pics of this little span several years ago before I had any real interest in concrete structures... And even now that is mostly just arches. I don't think I could crawl under it if I wanted to, but it's definitely not a steel stringer.

Posted June 16, 2017

I've been finding in Indiana that the ones which don't show on the NBI have been replaced with culverts.

I have also found several that show the historic bridge date along with a rehabilitation date, and I know for certain the old span is gone. It indeed is, but... they have reused the original substructure!

Posted June 14, 2017

Fleeta I sent you an email

Posted June 12, 2017

I was thinking about Vanderburgh #81 which Dr. Cooper has listed in his database as a Lattice Bedstead, when I made my previous statement. While there isn't photo evidence to prove it was indeed a bedstead he is generally pretty thorough in his assessments. This bridge was somewhat similar to the others, but did feature a arched lower chord.

http://bridgehunter.com/in/vanderburgh/8200077/

But then I remembered the one in Iroquois County.Illinois that features a conventional Bedstead with one of these Lattice structures attached to it. Looking at this one closer I see that it is indeed NOT a bedstead.

http://bridgehunter.com/il/iroquois/spring-branch-1250n/

Back to the Hoosier State, we also have this surviving non-bedstead Warren pony that is simply a lightweight structure with vertical endposts.

http://bridgehunter.com/in/carroll/bh36746/

Posted June 11, 2017

I'm more inclined (Or lack thereof) to believe this is a Lattice bedstead and not a vertical endpost pony. There aren't many of these around so it would be nice if they would preserve it!

...And yes, the pun was intended!

Bridge (Indiana)
Posted June 11, 2017

Yup

Posted June 10, 2017

Sad news of this loss... The bridge was poorly maintained for decades, but still could have been rehabilitated! A very scenic location has been scarred by a slab of pure ugliness!

Lawrence County fails yet again!

Posted June 8, 2017

A BIG win for Licking County is saving this rare beauty!

Grant Road Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 5, 2017

Nope... Just the usual PENNDOT Travesty!

Grant Road Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 3, 2017

In Indiana, we put up an interpretive display to show the history of a bridge that we have restored or rehabilitated to show that we value it as an important piece of our heritage.

In Pennsylvania, They put up an interpretive display to show that Yes... there was indeed an historic bridge here, but we demolished it and really don't care about our heritage. But hey... here's a picture of it!

Posted June 3, 2017

Robert... Don't you usually disguise yourself as Chelsea the Car?