Water Street Bridge (1847)
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In 1831, Nehemiah B. Griffith received the first ferry license at the same spot. Later on a wooden covered bridge was raised at the modern day crossing. In 1865, however, the bridge was partly destroyed by a tornado, and rebuilt (but without a roof). The wooden bridge was replaced by a suspension or chain bridge which eventually collapsed when a worker accidently drove a pin out of the east end of the bridge, causing the entire bridge to fall into the river.
- Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Water Street (Now LaSalle Ave.).
- South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
- Destroyed by severe weather
- Built 1847
- Two span covered Burr arch-truss. Damaged by tornado in 1865 - Western span collapsed eastern span uncovered. West span replaced by a series of king posts. Bridge remained uncovered until replaced in 1870.
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 280.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.67909, -86.24896 (decimal degrees)
41°40'45" N, 86°14'56" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/562511/4614419 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 93300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 24, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
- Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com