Tom Hall

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Email: thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com

Recent Updates 

TP&W - Hoagland Ditch Bridge (White County, Indiana)
Timber stringer bridge over Hoagland ditch
April 18, 2012: Added
Hoagland Ditch Bridge (White County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Hoagland Ditch on CR 500 West
April 18, 2012: New photos
Big Pine Creek Bridge (Benton County, Indiana)
Deck girder bridge over Big Pine Creek on CR 1075E
October 23, 2011: New photo
South Fork Wildcat Creek IN 26 Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over South Fork Wildcat Creek on IN 26
October 23, 2011: New photos
Tioga Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Two-span through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on Tioga Road
October 7, 2011: New photos
Big Monon Ditch Bridge CR 200 S (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Big Monon Ditch on CR 200 South
November 26, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: Changed status
Rezner Bowstring Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Iroquois River in Rensselaer
November 26, 2010: New photos
Medora Covered Bridge 14-36-04 (Jackson County, Indiana)
Three-span covered bridge over East Fork White River just off IN 235, east of Medora
November 3, 2010: New photos
Meyers Ditch Bridge (White County, Indiana)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Meyers Ditch
September 8, 2010: Added
Youndt's Ford Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost plate girder bridge over South Fork Wildcat Creek on CR 1000E
September 4, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: Status changed.
Youndt's Ford Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost plate girder bridge over South Fork Wildcat Creek on CR 1000E
September 4, 2010: New photos
Carpenter Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Carpenter Creek on CR 1725 South in Remington
August 22, 2010: New photos
Narrows Bridge (Parke County, Indiana)
Arch bridge over Sugar Creek on Narrows Road
May 22, 2010: Added
Narrows Covered Bridge 14-61-36 (Parke County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Sugar Creek on Old Narrows Road at Turkey Run State Park
May 22, 2010: New photos
Americus Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on Grant Road
May 2, 2010: Added
Bicycle Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on Bicycle Bridge Road
May 2, 2010: Added
Gilmore Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Stearns through truss bridge over Wabash & Erie Canal on a pedestrian trail in Delphi
May 2, 2010: New photos
Liberty Mills Bridge (Wabash County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Eel River on 1st St. in Liberty Mills.
April 27, 2010: New photos
CR 400W Overpass (Putnam County, Indiana)
Stringer bridge over CSX Transportation on Road 400 West
April 27, 2010: Added
Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (Mason County, Kentucky)
Suspension bridge over Ohio River on Business US 62/68 in Maysville
April 27, 2010: New photos
Greenbrier River Bridge (Pocahontas County, West Virginia)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Greenbrier River on WV 66 in Cass
April 27, 2010: New photo
Kanawha Falls Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Kanawha River on CR 13
April 27, 2010: New photos
Redwood Creek Bridge CR 550 W (Warren County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Redwood Creek on CR 550 West
April 25, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: Updated status
GR&I - Wabash River Bridge (Adams County, Indiana)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Wabash River on former Penn Central (ex- Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad) Not included in Conrail system after Penn Central failure. in Ceylon, between Geneva and Berne.
April 25, 2010: New photo
Hell's Gate (Clay County, Indiana)
Tunnel on Rock Run Church Rd under CSX Railroad
April 24, 2010: Added
High Bridge (Warren County, Indiana)
Deck truss bridge over Little Pine Creek on CR 450 North
April 24, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: Updated weight limit since restoration.
Conrail - Wabash River Bridge (Fountain County, Indiana)
Abandoned Deck girder bridge over Wabash River on former Peoria and Eastern Railroad at Covington
April 24, 2010: Added
Little Pine Creek Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Pine Creek on CR 925 West
April 24, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: status changed
Little Pine Creek Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Pine Creek on CR 925 West
April 24, 2010: Updated by Tom Hall: status changed
Leightle Bridge (Fountain County, Indiana)
Three-span bridge over East Fork of Coal Creek on CR 270 East
April 24, 2010: New photos
Fayette Station Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over New River on CR 82
March 28, 2010: New photo
New River Gorge Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Massive steel arch bridge over New River on US 19 east of Fayette
March 28, 2010: New photos
Tioga Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Two-span through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on Tioga Road
March 28, 2010: New photos
Lilly Road Bridge (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Branch Wea Creek on Lilly Road in Shadeland
February 14, 2010: New photos
Medora Covered Bridge 14-36-04 (Jackson County, Indiana)
Three-span covered bridge over East Fork White River just off IN 235, east of Medora
January 2, 2010: New photos
Adams Mill Covered Bridge 14-08-01 (Carroll County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Wildcat Creek on CR 50 East
January 2, 2010: New photos
Sugar Creek Chapel Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Steel through arch bridge over Sugar Creek on 900N Road (CH 9), 3.25 mi. east of Milford
January 2, 2010: New photos
Newport Covered Bridge 14-83-04 (Vermillion County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Little Vermillion River on CR 50 North
December 4, 2009: New photos
Lockport Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Concrete bridge over Wabash River on CR 250 West
November 20, 2009: New photos
High Bridge (Warren County, Indiana)
Deck truss bridge over Little Pine Creek on CR 450 North
September 13, 2009: New photos
KBSR - Iroquois Junction Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Railroad bridge over U.S. 52 on Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad south of Donovan
September 7, 2009: Added
Pike Creek Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Lost through truss bridge over Pike Creek on TR 224, 3.25 mi. west of Martinton
September 7, 2009: New photos
Praire Creek Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Concrete girder bridge over Praire Creek on TR 135
September 5, 2009: Added
Prairie Creek Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Prairie Creek on CR2800N
September 5, 2009: New photos
Drainage Ditch Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Drainage Ditch on CR1780E .5 mi. southwest of Papineau
September 5, 2009: New photos
Lincoln Ditch Bridge CR 800 W (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Lincoln Ditch on 800 West
August 10, 2009: Updated by Tom Hall: status changed
Big Monon Ditch Bridge CR 200 S (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Pony truss bridge over Big Monon Ditch on CR 200 South
August 10, 2009: Updated by Tom Hall: status changed
Sugar Creek 2470E Bridge (Iroquois County, Illinois)
Lost through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on TR 324, 1.5 mi. east of Milford
July 19, 2009: New photos
Shawnee Bridge (Warren County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 100 East
July 10, 2009: Updated by Tom Hall: Status change
Shawnee Bridge (Warren County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 100 East
July 10, 2009: Updated by Tom Hall: Status change

Recent Comments 

Posted September 8, 2010

Nathan, I agree with you 100%. You hear of this kind of ignorance way too often. Itís hard to believe that there are that many stupid people driving big trucks, but facts donít lie. I also wouldnít doubt your theory that it might have been done of purpose, it would seem like an extreme measure to take, but considering the stupidity of most county officials Iím sure they thought it would weaken the bridge rather that collapse it.

Posted April 24, 2010

I'm pretty sure this bridge is gone. I couldn't find any trace of it.

Posted October 1, 2009

Jim, thanks for the video link, that was really interesting. I knew the Deer Creek bridge was once part of the national road, but I had no idea that the Cooper iron bridge had once been part of it.

Posted July 15, 2009

Thatís great idea Tony, but highly unlikely from Iroquois county. They restore nothing.

Iím actually surprised they would even consider replacing this bridge, the road goes virtually nowhere and even if it did the concrete bridge that Geddes mentioned is probably in worse shape than the iron bridge.

There are several locations in that county where the bridges have simply been ripped out with no replacement. Rather than leave the old bridge for pedestrian use or at least for people like us to enjoy, the roads now dead end where the bridges once stood. The bridge over Sugar Creek on 2470E was a prime example.

Iím guessing the only reason they would even consider replacing this bridge would be because someone wants access for large farm machinery. As usual the taxpayer gets stuck paying for something only one person has a use for.

Posted June 22, 2009

Be careful guys, if the government finds out that weíre addicted to old bridges thereís a good chance theyíll have a program to correct us of the problem, and worse yet historic bridges will become illegal and be destroyed even faster than they already are.

Posted June 3, 2009

Thanks James,

Actually my daughter located that bridge for me, some how I had overlooked it.

Yes, by looking at that area on Google Earth you can see how the river once twisted all over the place.

I havenít done a lot of research, but itís my understanding that the river was dredged sometime in the 1920ís to give it its present course. Up until that time the area was a massive swamp. Iím sure this bridge pre dates the dredging. In fact the abandoned abutments to the north that you mentioned would have been from a newer bridge that was most likely built after the river was straightened. I thought it was odd that the newer bridge was missing while the old one still stands. There are some local legends involving a car wreck where a couple were killed, supposedly the bridge is haunted. There may be some fact to the legend as far as an accident; perhaps there was a wreck that damaged the newer bridge to the point of removing it?

I didnít venture far enough across the bridge to see if there was a culvert farther north, the area on the other side is very over grown and almost impassible. ( at least when I was there).I would recommend waiting until late fall or early spring to visit.

If you visit this bridge during the summer be prepared, not for ghosts but mosquitoes! The area is still quite swampy and a perfect breeding ground for them. They will devour you in a very short time.Oh yeah, as a final warning the road leading back to this bridge is about a mile long and thereís no place to turn around once you get there other than a small area that has been used as a dump. There are thousands of nails to drive over.

Iím posting a picture of the abandoned abutment just in case someone wants to see without actually going there.

Posted May 26, 2009

James, glad I could help out with the pictures.

I had taken a few of them back in 2006 and a couple of weeks ago I stopped by hoping to get some better shots of the arch but should have done it sooner, the trees and brush are quickly taking over. By the middle of the summer itíll be hard to spot unless you know its there. I can easily see how you could have missed it.

Iím curious about the other end, is there an arch there too? I would think there would be but itís even more overgrown and since the ties have been removed getting to it seems all but impossible.

I suspect that an older bridge once stood here, mainly because of the stone abutments and concrete piers. It seems like there would have been stone piers instead of concrete, especially considering they took the time to add to the abutments with similar stonework when it was double tracked. Just a theory.

Bridge Hunting Poem
Posted May 22, 2009

Gene, You're a man of many talents!

That was very good; it definitely summarizes the bridge hunting experience

Painted bridges
Posted April 16, 2009

Yeah Gene, I noticed that too. New York must actually consider their bridges historic and worth maintaining. Either that or paint is cheap there.

Posted April 5, 2009

Wow Robert, Nice find! Another bridge I didn't know existed. I was within a few miles of this bridge more than once last year and went right past. I'm going to have to pay more attention.

Pretty Prairie Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2009

I grew up near this bridge and spend a lot of time playing under the bridge and around the old abutment. Iíve always been curious as to what kind of bridge originally crossed here.

So far I have found no historical documents or old photos anywhere.

Being as the present bridge was built in 1925, anyone old enough remember the previous bridge is most likely gone too. If anyone has any information please contact me.

High Bridge (Indiana)
Posted October 3, 2008

Iím glad to see someone posted photos of this bridge.

This is a very cool bridge, creepy to walk across even now.

The first time I did it the rails were still in place, and I wasnít sure the line wasnít still active. But from the amount of rust on the rails I didn't think it was used very often. Even so, half way across my imagination got the best of me and I swore I heard a train coming.

Looking closely at the first photo you can see the platforms hanging out over the edge, and at that time they were in decent shape and even had railings around them, though somewhat flimsy looking. My first thought was if a train was coming I could simply step out onto the nearest one. My second thought was to run, even though running across open ties is quite a challenge, a train would have to be pretty close for me to stand on one of those as it passed.

I found out later that the line was abandoned and there wasnít any reason for me to go running back and forth from a train that didnít exist.

Iíve been across it many times since and Iíve tried several times to get pictures, but itís not an easy bridge to photograph, especially with the amount of overgrowth and steepness of the banks near the abutments.

Thanks for doing what I couldnít.

Tom

Posted September 7, 2008

There was still an original builderís plate on the bridge before restoration, but it was full of bullet holes.

Iím going to say that these are reproductions. Very nice ones at that, a detail that is usually overlooked.

Also, the bridge now has a wood floor rather than corrugated steel covered with asphalt as before.

Posted June 29, 2008

The bridge listed here as Bicycle bridge was actually known as Maxwell bridge.

Bicycle bridge was on the same road, but crossed the Wabash river west of Delphi.

This link shows the original Bicycle bridge.

http://www.carrollcountymuseum.org/photo/item.php?in=101196

Bridgeton Iron Bridge
Posted June 20, 2008

Hereís another bridge not listed.

Itís located in Parke County Indiana, near the town of Bridgeton on county road 20, or Greencastle road (according to Google maps)

Whipple Through Truss built by The Wrought Iron Bridge Company Of Canton Ohio.

175í long and crosses Big Raccoon creek. Bypassed in 1991.