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 

Zumbro Falls Wagon Bridge (Wabasha County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Zumbro River on Main Street (CR 89).
February 26, 2021: New photo
Zumbro Falls Wagon Bridge (Wabasha County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Zumbro River on Main Street (CR 89).
February 26, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Fountain Park Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Carpenter Creek on County Road 630 West
February 25, 2021: New photos
Fountain Park Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Carpenter Creek on County Road 630 West
February 25, 2021: Added
CSX - Sugar Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Deck girder bridge over Sugar Creek on CSX Transportation north of Crawfordsville
February 24, 2021: New photo
Mansfield Covered Bridge 14-61-20 (Parke County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on CR620S
February 24, 2021: New photo
Conrail - Dry Branch Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Jennison Street/Dry Branch Creek on Former Conrail Railroad/Peoria Eastern Railroad
February 24, 2021: New photo
Jennison Street Bridge (Montgomery County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Dry Branch Creek on Jennison Street
February 24, 2021: New photo
Leo Covered Bridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Lost Howe through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Grabill Road
February 23, 2021: New photo
Claylick Covered Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Howe through truss covered bridge over Licking River on Brownsville Road/Brushy Fork Road
February 23, 2021: Added
Claylick Metal Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Licking River on Brushy Fork Road (Brownsville Road)
February 23, 2021: Added
Staddens Ford Covered Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost covered through truss bridge over Licking River on Staddens Bridge Road
February 23, 2021: Added
Garber Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Turkey River on Jupiter Road
February 23, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added year lost.
George Street Bridge (Dearborn County, Indiana)
Whipple through truss bridge over Hogan Creek on George Street in Aurora
February 21, 2021: New photo
Glenn Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Chagrin River on Glenn Avenue
February 20, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
North Street Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Lost concrete arch bridge over White River on North Street
February 19, 2021: New photo
North Street Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Lost concrete arch bridge over White River on North Street
February 19, 2021: Added
8th Street Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over the Allegheny River on 8th Street
February 19, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Cold Water Springs Road Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Poney Creek on Cold Water Springs Rd.
February 17, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to lost, verified by satellite view.
Rocky Fork Road Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Rocky Fork on Rocky Fork Road (TR 210)
February 17, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed status and information.
RI - West Nishnabotna River Bridge (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Lost Through truss bridge over West Nishnabotna River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
February 13, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder per forum comment
Cole Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fitts Creek on Cole Road
February 12, 2021: New photos
Raymond Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fitts Creek on Raymond Road
February 12, 2021: New photos
Cole Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fitts Creek on Cole Road
February 12, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
West Main Street Bridge (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on West Main Street
February 9, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added year lost.
153rd Street Bridge (Bronx County, New York)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Penn Central rail yard on 153rd Street
February 8, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
River Road Bridge 45-10-03 (Orleans County, Vermont)
Covered bridge over Missisquoi River on C3012 in Troy
February 6, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost
Mill Road Bridge (Scioto County, Ohio)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Pine Creek on Mill Road (TR 262)
February 6, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced.
MC&C - Moore Junction Stone Arch (Washington County, Ohio)
Abandoned stone arch bridge on Railroad
February 5, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Tweaked location
43rd Street Bridge (Johnson County, Kansas)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over a branch of Kansas River on W. 43rd St. in Shawnee, 1.2 mi. E of K-7 Hwy.
February 3, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added replacement date
Warren Street Bridge (Elkhart County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Elkhart River on Warren Street (CR-16)
February 2, 2021: New photo
Warren Street Bridge (Elkhart County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Elkhart River on Warren Street (CR-16)
February 2, 2021: Added
Yellow River Mystery Bridge (Marshall County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Yellow River on Road
February 2, 2021: New photo
Yellow River Mystery Bridge (Marshall County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Yellow River on Road
February 2, 2021: Added
Laughery Switch Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Laughery Creek on Right Of Way Road (Now SR 350)
February 2, 2021: New photo
Laughery Switch Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Laughery Creek on Right Of Way Road (Now SR 350)
February 2, 2021: Added
Fish House Covered Bridge (Fulton County, New York)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Sacandaga River on Road
February 2, 2021: New photo
Daggett Road Bridge (San Joaquin County, California)
Abandoned Pratt through truss swing bridge over San Joaquin River (Burns Cutoff) on Dagget Road (Port Stockton Expressway)
February 1, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Saw Mill Road Bridge (Nicholas County, Kentucky)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cassidy Creek on Saw Mill Road
January 31, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Depot Road-Conneaut Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Conneaut Creek on Depot Road (TR 384) in Conneautville
January 30, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Wayne Street Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Luten arch bridge over Wabash River on Wayne Street
January 29, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
DL - Lackawanna River Bridges - Olyphant (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Side-by-side Pratt truss bridges over Lackawanna River on DL Railroad
January 26, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
Fairfax Covered Bridge (Monroe County, Indiana)
Lost Howe through truss bridge over Salt Creek on Fairfax Road
January 26, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated loss information.
Millikan Covered Bridge (Monroe County, Indiana)
Lost Smith truss covered Bridge over Beanblossom Creek on Maple Grove Road.
January 25, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added and fixed stuff, Millikan was believed to have been the original "historic" name.
EBT - Pogue Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Inactive deck truss bridge over Aughwick Creek on East Broad Top RR
January 24, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Cedar Ford Covered Bridge (Monroe County, Indiana)
Reconstructed Burr Arch covered bridge over Beanblossom Creek on Old Maple Grove Road
January 24, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added description and lots of other stuff.
Carmi "Death" Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost Stringer bridge over Little Wabash River on East Robinson Street
January 24, 2021: Added
Stonewall-Enterprise Bridge (Clarke County, Mississippi)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chickasawhay River on River Road
January 24, 2021: Added
North 170th Road-Branch Pipe Creek Bridge (Ottawa County, Kansas)
Warren pony truss bridge over a Branch of Pipe Creek on North 170th Road.
January 19, 2021: New Street View added
North 170th Road-Branch Pipe Creek Bridge (Ottawa County, Kansas)
Warren pony truss bridge over a Branch of Pipe Creek on North 170th Road.
January 19, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type

Recent Comments 

Posted February 19, 2021

It's added now Elaine... thank you for providing that beautiful image!

Posted February 12, 2021

I would love to see the fake covering, along with all of it's artificial romanticism, go by the wayside. That being said, I don't see these people giving in and suspect they will continue to deal with the impact (yes, pun) of their decision.

My bigger fear would be them scrapping the pony truss and ordering one of those fake gingerbread house looking gigs from Ohio.

Posted February 12, 2021

Thanks for adding this great information Tyler! I changed the name to reflect the more unique, historic title.

This appears to have been a Baltimore Truss from the late 1880's or early 1890's. If the cut stone abutments are original to this bridge then it most certainly pre-date 1900. Of course it is always possible that this span was built to replace an earlier one.

Posted February 12, 2021

Thanks for adding these Paul! I took the liberty of adding the pics of this and Cole Road to their respective pages crediting you.

Posted February 12, 2021

I was looking at the comments below and see where I had said the same thing back in 2009... And so yes I would totally still agree with you John!

Posted February 10, 2021

It's definitely a bowstring pony! And it likely does date from the 1850's-60's. A real beauty!

Posted February 10, 2021

I doubt this was a true arson attempt but more of a "Hold my beer and watch this" moment.

But yeah... This bridge has been through the ringer and back.

Posted February 8, 2021

True Art, I knew Buffalo was from the first incarnation but didn't realize Stringtown was CBC. They were certainly beautiful structures and I wish we still had one around!

As far as St. Clair Street goes... There was a bridge shown at that location (Bruce's Mill) in the 1871 atlas. If the cut stone abutments there pre-date the current CBC span then it was likely built as spec for that location. Personally I feel like they were built at the same time.

Posted February 8, 2021

This was a beauty... I suspect it was a CBW gig.

Posted February 7, 2021

A friend told me that work has started on the rehabilitation of this span. It has been in the works for a couple years now.

https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/Historic%20Indiana%20Bri...

Posted February 7, 2021

Caused by a faulty snowmobile that caught fire... Wow!

https://www.necn.com/news/local/snowmobile-fire-burns-centur...

Posted February 7, 2021

Always my pleasure Neil! This is a neat little span that would be pretty easy to pick up and relocate to a park. It's rather amusing how massive the stone abutments are compared to the bridge. I'm guessing that they cost far more than the trusses.

Houston Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted February 7, 2021

1956 Historic Aerials imagery is very good and shows this bridge carrying CR-9 and connecting with SR-76 East of Houston. The work on a new stretch of the state road and signs of a new bridge being constructed directly North of town can clearly be seen. It appears to have replaced another bridge to the West that has since been demolished. That span does not appear to have been a truss bridge.

Posted February 7, 2021

Apparently it hasn't been maintained these past 7 years lol.

Posted February 6, 2021

Hmmm... Wonder who swiped the Indiana stuff???