This is a six panel structure that has a metal grate deck. It retains original lattice railings. The portal bracing features lattice, with decorative knee bracing design. V-lacing is present on the vertical members and under the top chord and end post. The sway bracing features an unusual design that uses battens.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The only extant Pratt in Indiana built by this noted Wisconsin firm, the bridge retains its original members including latticed portals and guardrails and decorated portal bracing.
A. N. McPheeters prepared detailed plans and specifications for the substructure and general ones for the superstructure of the bridge to be located on an apparently much-used ford between the French Lick-Leavenworth Road and the Newton Stewart-French Lick Road, just south of French Lick proper. James P. Throop of Orange County won the contract to construct the complete structure. Throop procured the bridge's superstructure from the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, probably built on the basis of company plans. The Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, fabricated this single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the 91' truss into most of its six panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs of die-forged and rectangular ones stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the most central panels. Riveted to pin and vertical plates below the lower chord, I floor-beams carry the timber deck with its 12'9" roadway and 15'6" of vertical clearance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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