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Schlink Bridge


Photo taken by William Schlink


BH Photo #274247


Engineering and Contracting, Volume 30 page 46 dated July 15, 1908 indicated the following:

The following contracts have been let recently: Fort Wayne, Ind.-Bridge-Attica Bridge Co., Attica, Ind., at $5,864, according to reports, for the Schlink bridge in Milan Township. The bridge is to cross the Maumee River in two spans, one span, 171x16, to be entirely new, while the second span is to be reconstructed from the old Clinton St. bridge.

Thanks to Rick Shuman and Bill Schlink for researching this bridge.

Information About Bridge 

Written by James L. Cooper

The local decision-making for construction of the Schlink Bridge took some time. In September 1902, for example, the county council cut out the appropriation for the bridge. In March 1907, a large number of residents of Milan township descended on the county council to petition for a bridge at Schlick Ford. The council appropriated $7,000 for the construction of the bridge substructure and promised a superstructure appropriation in the following year. Apparently by March 1908 the newly-constructed concrete pier had succumbed to a flood along the Maumee. Nonetheless by July, the Allen county commissioners had awarded a $5,864 contract to the Attica Bridge Company to erect two spans for the Schlink Bridge across the Maumee in Milan township. One span was to be removed, "reconstructed", and relocated from Clinton Street (2-[6466]) and placed to the south on Bruick Road. The other (northern) span of "171 x 16, to be entirely new."

The Pratt through-truss span to the south had been fabricated by the Western Bridge Works of Fort Wayne, the oldest metal-bridge superstructure in Indiana. Fabricated I beams provided the intermediate verticals. Eye-bars supplied the diagonals: pairs stretched across panels from all but the end and the most central one; cylindrical eye-bars with turnbuckles served as diagonals and counter-braces in the 5th or mid-span panel. U-bolted to the lower pins, variable-depth girder floorbeams supported runs of steel stringers which, in turn, supported the asphalt roadway lined by latticed guardrails. The trusses carried decoratively latticed portals and bracing.

The Attica Bridge Company designed and fabricated the Warren through-truss span to the north. Its lower chord consisted of a pair of angles riveted together with stay-plates. The trusses had verticals made from two pairs of laced angles. The diagonals did not follow a simple Warren pattern. For example, angles riveted to gussets crossed the mid-span panel. Heavy diagonals of laced channels worked in the 3rd, 4th, and 7th panels. Two pairs of angles riveted to each other operated in the 2nd and 8th panels. The lower chord and the I floor-beams were riveted to gussets. The floor-beams carried runs of I-beam stringers which support the roadway between latticed guardrails. The Warren was unique in its use of diagonals criss-crossing its central panel. The sizes and configurations of the diagonal members were also unusually varied. The deep and latticed upper struts were a hall-mark of Attica Bridge design.


Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Allen County (Indianapolis: 1973, 1977).
"Broken Bridge. The North Abutment of the Clinton Street Bridge Falls," Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 27 July 1881.
"Kill All New Bridges," Fort Wayne News, 5 September 1902.
"Council Nearing the End," The Fort Wayne Sentinel, 5 September 1902, p1 c4.
"For New Bridges," "Nothing From Bridge Pier,"
"They Hunt the Pier," The Fort Wayne Daily News, 20 March 1907, 14 March 1908, 26 March 1908.
"Contracts Let," Engineering & Contracting, (15 July 1908), 30: 46.


Lost Warren through truss bridge over Maumee River on Bruick Road
Milan Township, Allen County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1908 using one new span and one older reused ca. 1895 span. Replaced 1985
- Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana (1908 Warren truss span)
- Western Bridge Works of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1875 Pratt truss span)
Rivet connection Warren through truss and Pin connected Pratt through truss.
Length of largest span: 171.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Allen County Bridge Number 124
Bruick Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.10917, -84.96306   (decimal degrees)
41°06'33" N, 84°57'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/671032/4552875 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
SE of Section 29, T. 31 N., R. 14 E.
745.740 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 59663 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Maumee River", "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected", "A-frame portal"
  • February 11, 2014: Essay added by Nathan Holth