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Doran Bridge


Doran Bridge

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Named for the engineer who designed it, this beautiful wrought iron arch spanned the Whitewater gorge for 65 years before succumbing to progress. It was replaced by the Twentieth Century Bridge.


Lost Wrought iron arch bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Richmond Ave
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built in 1885 and designed by city engineer Frank Doran, bridge was closed in 1948 and dismantled in 1950.
- Frank Doran of Richmond, Indiana (Designer)
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Wrought iron arched Warren deck truss
Total length: 516.0 ft.
Deck width: 41.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.83388, -84.89785   (decimal degrees)
39°50'02" N, 84°53'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/679880/4411434 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51857 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 15, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • September 19, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 20, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 14, 2019: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 12, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new information
  • January 20, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 14, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • March 24, 2012: Added by Tony Dillon



Doran Bridge
Posted April 16, 2019, by Roger Wiggans (rogwiggans [at] aol [dot] com)

My grandparents lived on NWE St. Three cousins and I (ages 5-7) tried to cross over the underneath span. Got part way then had to retreat. Lucky to be alive. Walked it on the way to church every Sunday.

Doran Bridge
Posted February 20, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, I guessed you'd like that !

Doran Bridge
Posted February 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's great that you found an article that gave the builder Melissa! I had wondered if Morse had built it given they also fabricated the two Whipple truss structures that Doran designed at Milton and Abington.

Doran Bridge
Posted February 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, I enjoyed adding the information on this.