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Hooker's Point Bridge


This was likely a covered span given the cost of $6,300. After it's destruction it was replaced by an iron Whipple truss bridge.

"In 1876 the Hooker’s Point Bridge on the Kossuth Road was constructed by William Graber and Levi Fair, at a cost of $6,300. This bridge was destroyed by the cyclone of May 28, 1883; it was rebuilt during the latter part of 1883 and the first of 1884. Muehler & Notter were contractors of the stonework at $600. The Canton, Ohio, Bridge Company were contractors on the iron work, at $5,120."

-Clay County Genealogical Society


Lost Through truss bridge over Eel River on Kossuth Road
Clay County, Indiana
Destroyed by a tornado
Built 1876; Destroyed by a tornado on May 28, 1883
- William Graber and Levi Fair
Through truss
Also called
Neal's Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.27158, -87.19416   (decimal degrees)
39°16'18" N, 87°11'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/483252/4346932 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 91409 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2020: Added by Tony Dillon

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Hooker's Point Bridge
Posted January 25, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found more interesting tidbits connected to this bridge. An article was published on the tornado that tore apart the bridge (and the surrounding communities) in the New York Times (!) on May 30, 1883. Here is an excerpt:

"At a point where a bridge crossed Eel River eight or ten persons, some of them being in a wagon, south shelter on the bridge. The bridge was shattered and men, women, wagon and mules went into the river together. Joseph Seeley and Mrs. Hay were killed outright and five persons were injured. The Mules escaped without a scratch."

This newspaper article was reproduced in a excellent little book titled "History of Patricksburg" by Joyce Van Dyke Skinner and Margie E. Byerly.