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)
- 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