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Paper Mill Bridge

Photos 

Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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BH Photo #190065

Map 

Description 

An imposing structure that would have added greatly to the historic town of Brookville had it been left standing.

Facts 

Overview
Lost 3 span Camelback through truss bridge over West Fork Whitewater River on 7th St.
Location
Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge on a different alignment and demolished after standing for over 20 years.
History
Built ca.1914; repaired in 1967 and 1975; bypassed and abandoned in 1979; demolished 1996. Replaced earlier bridges: one lost in 1913 flood and temporary bridge built 1913.
Design
3 span, pinned Camelback through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 825.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #56
Seventh Street Bridge
St. Mary's Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.42178, -85.01553   (decimal degrees)
39°25'18" N, 85°00'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/670820/4365462 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brookville
Inventory number
BH 47241 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • January 29, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Switched names to reflect that this was best known locally as the Paper Mill Bridge.
  • January 29, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 22, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 31, 2011: Updated by Ed Hollowell: construction date and predecesors.
  • July 23, 2011: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed Build Dates
  • December 9, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Crosses railroad
  • December 8, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added new information
  • December 5, 2010: Added by Ed Hollowell

Sources 

  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge that was reportedly used at the start of the movie Hoosiers is this one...

http://www.bridgehunter.com/in/montgomery/5400044/

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Status line is unclear. The bridge apparently stood for 82 years, 17 of them derelict.

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

No Jbake. The approaches were removed shortly after it was closed, making it impassable at the time "Hoosiers" was filmed.

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Jbake (texasman107 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this the bridge that the coach in Hoosiers drove over in the beginning of the film?

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted December 11, 2010, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge appears to have been Camelback not Parker. I just hadn't learned metal truss types yet back when I saw the bridge.

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted December 8, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, it would have made an excelent place to view the valley from since it was so high above the river. I saw it once and the next time I was past it was gone. It was shortly after that I started taking photos.

Seventh Street Bridge
Posted December 8, 2010, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge stood for nearly 20 years after completion of the new bridge before being torn down that much later! It was a neat three span Parker truss with an approach on the Brookville side. It just outraged me around that time when I came through town one day to find it gone. It would have been a great bridge for a 7th street walkway. I guess some mindless official wanted it gone. Talk about one of those crummy demolition cases!