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PRR - Unnamed Stream Bridge

Photos 

Taken from across Eel River

Another that has no public access, so long distance shots are the only option. I give you 3 shots from somewhat different angles to see portions of this forgotten bridge as seen through the heavy vegetation along this river bank.

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #159551

Map 

Urban Legend-treasure 

Written by James Norwood

There is an old urban legend aka story about how there is buried money near this location. It involves the French, and Indians and a plot to murder a priest who was holding the money. He buried the money according to the legend, at a stream end along the Eel River near "Oldetown" which convienantly is right across the river from this bridge. There is a plaque nearby where I took my photos, denoting the "Battle of Oldetown", which is somewhat unrelated to the legend but of consequence to the history of the French and Miami/Pottawatomi Indians of the region. I forgot to mention that the priest had returned to France after finding out about the murder plot and he is said to have never returned. One has to wonder how many treasure hunters have trespassed around this rail bridge over the years looking for the buried treasure as known in this urban legend.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over unnamed stream, Eel River tributary on former Pennsylvania Railroad (Penn Central Railroad, Vandalia, Detroit and Eel River Railroads)
Location
Cass County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
History
Another nice wooden trestle over a small stream that looks to be in decent condition although rail line has been abandoned here since 1968. On private property, but seen from County Road along Eel River on it's other bank.
Railroad
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Timber stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.79871, -86.25594   (decimal degrees)
40°47'55" N, 86°15'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/562766/4516678 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Logansport
Elevation
650 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,729)
Beam (15,920)
Cass County, Indiana (92)
Indiana (4,946)
Owned privately (1,762)
Pennsylvania Railroad (906)
Railroad (15,663)
Timber stringer (4,072)

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2010: Essay added by James Norwood
  • December 31, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood