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Rockford Bridge (1884)

Photos 

Cropped newspaper photo showing the remaining 1884 span.

The Tribune: January 19 1971

BH Photo #468402

Map 

Description 

Built to replace an 1871 "Combination bridge" that was considered inadequate. In March of 1891 flooding damaged the river pier and after an attempt to save the Western 2 spans they were replaced by a single Pennsylvania through truss. Those spans appear to have been reused downstream at New Ford as part of a 4-span structure built by Indiana Bridge Company. That bridge lasted into the 1990's.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over East Fork White River on Reddington Street (CR 725N)
Location
Jackson County, Indiana
Status
2 of 3 spans replaced after flood damage and possibly reused;All later replaced.
History
Built 1884 by the Indianapolis Bridge Company
Builder
- Indianapolis Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Design
(3)10-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 420.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98710, -85.89882   (decimal degrees)
38°59'14" N, 85°53'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/595371/4315921 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88651 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 21, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon

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Sources 

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