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TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge

Photos 

Now abandoned former double track railroad bridge

Photo from http://indianatrails.org/JKL.htm

BH Photo #139312

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned lattice through truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on Former Toledo, Peoria, and Western(nee JK Lines, Tippecanoe RR, Erie Western, Erie Lackawanna, Erie, Chicago and Great Atlantic Railroads) in Monterey
Location
Monterey, Pulaski County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Rail line was abandoned in 2004-2005, and line was Railbanked for future reactivation and or use by utilities. Trail groups would like to build greenway to connect area with North Judson and Rochester along former Erie Railroad Right of Way.
Railroads
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Toledo, Peoria, & Western Railroad (TPW)
Design
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Also called
Erie - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.16916, -86.53525   (decimal degrees)
41°10'09" N, 86°32'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/538986/4557639 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bass Lake
Inventory number
BH 42462 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 27, 2010: New photos from James Norwood
  • March 25, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 28, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2022, by Robert Elder

Sounds good, thanks.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2022, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No problem, I thought it usually showed ‘permission from owner’ by the photo.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

I believe I contacted Marc Baldwin for permission, but I can't find his response. Therefore I will delete the photo.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2022, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anybody know if the photographer gave permission for his photo (#11) to be on here? If so, all is well. If not, we need to remove it to avoid a copyright violation. If he did give permission, this should be noted in the photo description to avoid confusion. We need to be careful how we source photos.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2022, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The last image, photo 11, is definitely not public use.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 30, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to hear Steve! Hopefully this trail will become a reality and the bridge will soon have people admiring it. Lattice truss railroad spans are a rarity in Indiana.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 30, 2022, by Steve Lucas (skadad2008 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum announced in 2022 that this bridge has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. HVRM owns the right-of-way between North Judson and Monterey, including the bridge, subject to laws governing rail banking.

An eleven mile segment of the former Erie Lackawana right-of-way from North Judson to Starke County Road 700 East, near Bass Lake, now includes a non motorized 10-foot wide asphalt trail. The segment serves the Great American Rail-Trail, the American Discovery Trail (North Branch) and US Bike Route 35. It is better known locally as the Erie Trail and ends about 1 1/2 mile northwest of the bridge. Another short segment of trail is located southeast of the bridge at Monterey.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am attaching the report John referenced as you have to go through a rather obnoxious set of steps to download the PDF.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 15,600,558 bytes)

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://studylib.net/doc/10782916/the-erie-jk-rail-trail-rya......

Page 25 of this document gives a build date of 1912, which aligns with the double tracking of the "Chicago and Erie Railroad" between 1912 and 1914. The Smithsonian also has a file related to this bridge, but it is undated in the finding aid (Box 12, Folder 1 Tippecanoe River, Ora, Indiana, Bridge 186.59 Marion Division Erie Railroad)

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2022, by Bob Cook

Does anyone know what year it was built ? when I was a kid there was a bronze information plate mounted in concrete on the south -east side.But it disappeared in the early 80s.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted December 20, 2016, by Trailgirl

I'm so looking forward to the day that the trail will be finished to Monterey, IN and the bridge restored to carry trail traffic across. Long live rails to trails.

TPW - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2014, by DAve

Kayaked the river last week from Monterey to Tippecanoe River State Park - the bridge is pretty impressive from the water, and was curious to learn more - thanks for the info.

Erie Railroad Tippecanoe River bridge
Posted August 28, 2010, by Anonymous

I remember riding the last train out of Monterey and going over this bridge. I also recall the bridge wasn't in that great of shape then either. In fact several planks from the deck were gone and a hole in the bridge. Of course I've heard it had been that way for years, even when the trains still ran on the line.