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Wabash Road Bridge


Photo from SHAARD


BH Photo #155881



At the time of it's demise, this may have been the oldest iron bridge remaining in the state. It was built with Wheelock Patented abutments and piers which were made of iron plates.

"The iron or steel bridge across Eel river on the Wabash road, southwest of town was built in 1871, the contract being let May 26 of that year, though it was quite late in the fall before it was completed. The price for this bridge was $26.25 per lineal foot, and the contract was let to T. B. White & Son of the county of Beaver, Pennsylvania. It is said the iron work for this bridge was the first piece of freight hauled to town on what is now the Pennsylvania railroad, which at that time was not completed farther west than Main street." (May 2004 Newsletter of the North Manchester Historical Society)


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on Wabash Road
North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1871; removed sometime around 1990
- Alpheus Wheelock (Cast iron substructure)
- Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania [also known as Penn Bridge Co.]
- T.B. White & Sons of New Brighton, Pennsylvania
Wrought and cast iron Pratt through truss with vertical endposts.
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 206.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
North Manchester Iron Bridge
County Bridge #653
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.99446, -85.78250   (decimal degrees)
40°59'40" N, 85°46'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/602402/4538855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Manchester South
Inventory number
BH 44199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • August 7, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Information about the Wheelock abutments
  • February 21, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon


  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Wabash Road Bridge
Posted August 7, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge was discussed in "Bridge Transitions, From Wood to Iron" by George E. Gould on "Outdoor Indiana" July-Aug. 1982. Archives on line at Indiana University Digital Library.