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 

Maxdale Bridge (Bell County, Texas)
Parker through truss bridge over Lampasas River on Maxdale Road
March 26, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
BNSF - Navasota River Bridge (Brazos County, Texas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Brazos River on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
March 26, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Parker to Pratt truss.
Jones Road Bridge #2 (St. Lawrence County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over West Branch St. Regis River on Jones Road
March 25, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from through to pony truss
Jones Road Bridge #1 (St. Lawrence County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over West Branch St. Regis River on Jones Road
March 25, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from through to pony truss
Mill Spring Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Collapsed through truss bridge over Black River south of Mill Spring
March 16, 2017: New photo
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Killbuck Creek Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Warren through truss bridge originally over Killbuck Creek on CR 450 North
February 20, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced by a new bridge and has reportedly been stored by the city of Anderson.
Beaver Creek Bridge (Martin County, Indiana)
Replaced pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on CR 170 North (CR243)
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Beaver Creek Bridge (Martin County, Indiana)
Replaced pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on CR 170 North (CR243)
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
West Fork Fish Creek Bridge (Wetzel County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over West Fork of Fish Creek on CR 12 in Littleton
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
Buchanan Bridge (Wetzel County, West Virginia)
Pony truss bridge over Little Fishing Creek on CR 7/23
February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name, builder, and truss type
Moffett Mill Bridge (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Lost through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Moffet Mill Road
February 12, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge has been replaced
Central Avenue Bridge (Older) (Delaware County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Olentangy River on Rt 37
February 12, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Dry Creek Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek, 3.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Whitewater
February 4, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Rudolph Run Bridge (Greene County, Pennsylvania)
Lost pony truss bridge over Rudolph Run on PA 2001
February 3, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Mistaken Creek Bridge (Grayson County, Kentucky)
Lost Bedstead pony truss bridge over Mistaken Creek on Yeaman-Olaton Road
February 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge replaced per NBI listing
Black Creek Bridge (Allegany County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over Black Creek on Private Road?
January 31, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
Gospel Street Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Lick Creek on Gospel Street in Paoli
January 28, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Bulls Ford Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Lost through truss bridge over Verdigris River on 19-0.4 Local, 2.0 mi. west and 4.0 mi. south of Altoona
January 21, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
CC Camp Road Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Catskill Creek on CC Camp Road
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Church Street Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Cobleskill Creek on Church Street
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Church Street Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Cobleskill Creek on Church Street
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Church Street Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Cobleskill Creek on Church Street
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Debritko Road Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Fox Creek on Debritko Road
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Debritko Road Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Fox Creek on Debritko Road
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Debritko Road Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Lost through truss bridge over Fox Creek on Debritko Road
January 19, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Replaced by modern pony truss
Gunn Covered Bridge 35-30-10x (Guernsey County, Ohio)
Lost Covered Kingpost through truss bridge over Sugartree Fork
January 17, 2017: New photo
Elm Creek Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Elm Creek on County Road 330
January 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Elm Creek Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Elm Creek on County Road 330
January 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
CSX - OH421 Overpass (Medina County, Ohio)
Stone arch bridge on the B&O Railroad over OH 421 in Lodi
December 22, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added build date per forum post
McNeal Road Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over West Branch, 6.0 mi. south and 12.0 mi. east of Junction City
December 14, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added road name
McNeal Road Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over West Branch, 6.0 mi. south and 12.0 mi. east of Junction City
December 14, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added road name
McNeal Road Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over West Branch, 6.0 mi. south and 12.0 mi. east of Junction City
December 14, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added road name
Chenault Bridge (Boyle County, Kentucky)
Through truss bridge over Dix River/Herrington Lake on KY 3042
December 13, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge (Mahoning County, Ohio)
Suspension bridge over Mill Creek in Mill Creek Park at Youngstown
November 28, 2016: New Street View added
Devils Promenade Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Spring River on E 57 Road
November 23, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type
Devils Promenade Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Spring River on E 57 Road
November 23, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type
Charles Road Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Pratt through truss bridge originally over Martindale Creek on Charles Road.
November 15, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information and an essay.
Koteewi Park Bridge (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over White River on a pedestrian path
November 13, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Additional information
Drum Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt truss bridge over Drum Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 5.6 mi. east of Independence
November 2, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
Thresher Bee Park Bridge (Grant County, South Dakota)
Relocated pony truss bridge formerly over an unnamed creek on 477th Avenue, 1 mi. west and 0.6 mi. south of Milbank
November 1, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
Thresher Bee Park Bridge (Grant County, South Dakota)
Relocated pony truss bridge formerly over an unnamed creek on 477th Avenue, 1 mi. west and 0.6 mi. south of Milbank
November 1, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
MCRM - Baraboo River Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Plate girder bridge over Baraboo River on Mid Continent Railroad Museum
October 26, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed description
MCRM - Baraboo River Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Plate girder bridge over Baraboo River on Mid Continent Railroad Museum
October 26, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed description
Lattice Bridge (Allegany County, New York)
Whipple through truss bridge over Genesee River on Lattice Bridge Road
October 18, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on plaque design
Lattice Bridge (Allegany County, New York)
Whipple through truss bridge over Genesee River on Lattice Bridge Road
October 18, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder based on plaque design
North Wea Creek Victory Road Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over North Wea Creek on Victory Road
October 8, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
Clarks Creek Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Clarks Creek, 3.5 mi. south and 4.0 mi. east of Wreford
October 3, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
Clarks Creek Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Clarks Creek, 3.5 mi. south and 4.0 mi. east of Wreford
October 3, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type

Recent Comments 

Posted March 27, 2017

They usually pick the side with the superior view... Thus increasing the odds that a human will come in contact with it.

Posted March 25, 2017

Sounds plausible to me Don... Thanks for the great detective work!

And yes, I agree that an edit post feature would be nice if possible. Many times I have written a long-winded comment and posted it... Only to find that I made a typo or other gaffe of some kind!

Posted March 25, 2017

Glad you got to it Mike! I have some rather poor quality County highway department pics of it taken I guess when it was still open, but I decided not to post them here. Good to know it still exists!

Posted March 25, 2017

Not sure if the coordinates are correct though, from my knowledge of the area Maumee Road is farther to the South.

Posted March 22, 2017

Thank you as always Mr. Baslee!

Posted March 21, 2017

Location?

Posted March 16, 2017

Nice pony

Posted March 16, 2017

Wish all of our historic spans got this kind of Love!

Posted March 12, 2017

Hey I found it and...

Nick's "World's Least Efficient Can Crusher" bowling ball rollercoaster.

Good stuff!

Posted March 11, 2017

Unusual lacing on the verticals of this one! And then the hip floorbeam hangers appear to be made from paired flat-rods or angles with battens. Rather odd.

Re: Reclaimed wood from Indiana covered bridge.
Posted March 11, 2017

Ted,

That wood has come from one of the Kennedy built covered bridges, of which 6 still remain in Rush County and 11 overall in the state (12 if you count the Cedar Ford Bridge). I have some of the siding as well from where some was replaced. It is horizontal lap siding so the unpainted part would be from the overlap. Unless the person you got it from knew for sure, it would be hard to tell which one it came from.

Posted March 11, 2017

What I would refer to as a Mongrel!

Posted March 9, 2017

Pure waste of taxpayers money with 40 ADT and another road 1/2 mile away!

Posted March 7, 2017

So is this the site of a future trail? Cause it sure looks like it's just sitting in the middle of a farm over a dry ditch? It's a shame they changed the width, but with the rarity and how long it sat in the landfill I'm glad they saved it!

Posted March 5, 2017

It's a term I have used for many years...

https://www.google.com/#q=extant+definition&*

*I see it was also the title of a short-lived CBS show starring Halle Berry!