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Franklin Street Bridge (1894)


Historic photo


BH Photo #434852


The commissioners received a formal offer from the Evansville Street Railway Company to assist with the replacement of the Franklin Street covered bridge. The board rejected the offer as inadequate in October 1892. The following June, the board paid C. C. Genung $215 for the plans and specifications for both a new Franklin Street substructure and superstructure. Fourteen metal fabricators bid in the July letting, with the Massachusetts Bridge Company bringing in the lowest and winning proposal at $29,699. Commissioner Simon Hartig visited Pittsburgh to view the material to be used for the bridge superstructure in August. Eigenmann & Hollenbach secured the contract for the substructure and received payments for their work into January 1894. The final claim of Eigenmann & Hollenback became so contentious that it ended up in court and was not settled until 1897. Massachusetts Bridge received its final payment in April 1894. Photographs suggest that Massachusetts Bridge erected a Warren through-truss structure capable of carrying a street railway.

Notes from the research of Jim Cooper

Although Massachusetts Bridge Company won the contract, the fabricated steel was shipped from Columbus, Ohio. The decorative elements are suggestive of the New Columbus Bridge Company, who was likely sublet for the fabrication.


Lost "Double-Barreled" Warren through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Franklin Street
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1894 by the New Columbus Bridge Company, replaced in 1932 by the current historic deck truss bridge.
- Massachusetts Bridge Co. (winning bidder)
- New Columbus Bridge Co. of Columbus, Ohio (Fabricator)
Double-barreled, pinneed Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.98043, -87.58811   (decimal degrees)
37°58'50" N, 87°35'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/448351/4203807 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
  • April 4, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 20, 2018: Added by Tony Dillon

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