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Water Street Bridge (1847)

Photo 

1866 drawing (close-up of map)

Repaired bridge that was heavily damaged by a hurricane (or tornado) in 1865.

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Description 

Copied From: http://www.historyeveryday.org/lasalle-avenue-bridge--in.htm...

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.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Water Street (Now LaSalle Ave.).
Location
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by severe weather
History
Built 1847
Design
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.
Dimensions
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)

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer

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