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Archibald Falls Bridge

Crawford County Bridge 44

Archibald Falls Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Archibald Falls Road Over Little Blue River
Location
Rural: Crawford County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1892 By Builder/Contractor: Brackett Bridge Company of Cincinnati, Ohio and Lafayette Bridge Company of Lafayette, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2005
Main Span Length
87 Feet (26.4 Meters)
Structure Length
169 Feet (51.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
1300035

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is noted for having two spans, each built by a different bridge company. The southern span was built by the Brackett Bridge Company of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1892 and the northern span was built by the Lafayette Bridge Company of Lafayette, Indiana. The story behind why the bridge is configured as such is unknown, whether one of both spans were moved here from another location, or whether the 1896 span was built to replace a damaged or destroyed 1892 span.

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Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

The Brackett Bridge Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Lafayette Bridge Company of Lafayette, Indiana, each fabricated one span of this pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon cut stone abutments, wingwalls, and pier. Brackett's span to the southwest was probably constructed in 1892. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the 87' span into most of its five panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of the 2nd and 4th panels; pairs of cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles cross the center panel. Girder floor-beams are U-bolted to the lower pins. The Lafayette bridge span was added in 1896. Again, intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the 78'9" truss into most of its five panels. The diagonals follow the standard design used by Brackett, too. U-bolted to the lower pins, I floor-beams carry the 15' timber deck which serves each span. 14'7" of vert clear One span fabricated by a prolific out-of-state and another by an equally prolific in-state firm, this structure retains its 19th century members including decoratively latticed portals and bracing for each span. It includes the oldest and one of two extant Brackett Pratts. References AECON, Inc., Bridge Inventory and Inspection Report: Crawford County (Nashville, 1973). Simpson Engineering Corp., Bridge Reinspection Report: Crawford County (Indianapolis, 1980). WTH Engineering, Crawford County Bridge Reinspection Report (Indianapolis, 2001). bridge nameplates.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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