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John Diehl Ditch Bridge

Photos 

From The Street Railway Review

This entry is for the truss behind the arch in the foreground

Photo scanned by Internet Archive Book Images

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BH Photo #334462

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over John Diehl Ditch on South Road
Location
Auburn, De Kalb County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Builders
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio (based on finial and portal design) (successors to) [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Design
5-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.35209, -85.08086   (decimal degrees)
41°21'08" N, 85°04'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/660544/4579620 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Auburn
Inventory number
BH 68804 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 12, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 10, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Confirmed CBCo. (post 1882 CBW) as builder
  • July 9, 2020: New photo from Nathan Holth
  • August 6, 2015: Added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Nathan Holth
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Anna,

The bridges are named after the John Diehl Ditch. I assume the ditch is named for your great grandfather or another relative.

Just so you know, this entry is for the much older iron truss bridge (1880s) which supported the road, not the newer concrete arch carrying the interurban track in the foreground. That said, both crossed the John Diehl Ditch.

Sincerely,

Art S.

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by Anna (anna [at] poweranna [dot] com)

Anyone know the history of this bridge's name? My great great grandfather was a John Diehl from the area, who was a lifelong train engineer.

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted July 9, 2020, by Luke

Art believed it to be one on the page for the interurban bridge.

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted July 9, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Could this bridge be a Columbia Bridge Works bridge? The second photo the plaque looks suspiciously like one.

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted August 6, 2015, by Luke

No problem. Hopefully we can find more information on the span.

John Diehl Ditch Bridge
Posted August 6, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Luke!