This bridge is an uncommon example of a Camelback type of truss bridge. It was built by the regionally prolific Indiana Bridge Company. The bridge has been altered with the addition of rods that supplement the vertical members. These rods may allow the bridge some additional load-bearing ability and/or redundancy, but they do nothing to repair the original historic material of this bridge. The need to restore this bridge remains, despite these additions. Despite the alteration, this remains an important example of an uncommon truss type. Fortunately, this bridge's story has a happy ending, when it was relocated and preserved in Muncie.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The prolific builder of the bridge retains the original drawing of this most standard of three extant Camelbacks known to have been fabricated by the firm. The structure is fairly long for the design which makes
each panel unusually wide. Its original members, including the latticed guardrails, remain intact.
Seated upon concrete and stone abutments and concrete wingwalls, this single-span, pin-connected Camelback was fabricated by the Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie. Laced channels of a single size separate the 175' through span into nine panels. The center section consists of three panels with double die-forged eyebars countered by cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles as diagonals (the turnbuckles are double in the most central panel only). Two panels with double die-forged eyebars (stretching from outer top pins to inner lower ones) comprise the outer sections. I floor beams bolted to pin and vertical plates below the lower chord carry an asphalt-over-concrete deck with a 15'5" roadway providing 16' of vertical clearance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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