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Beardsley Avenue Bridge

Beardsley Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Beardsley Avenue Over Osolo Township Ditch
Elkhart: Elkhart County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1926 By Builder/Contractor: Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company of Elkhart, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This tiny structure is more like a culvert in terms of its tiny span length and very wide deck width, but it is still a perfect example of what makes historic bridges so special and worth preserving. This is a structure that if rebuilt today would hardly be a culvert, the crossing is so small and short. Nobody would even know there was anything under the roadway. Yet, back in 1926, the builder saw fit to make this structure look like a real bridge, by adding such decorative elements as balustrade railings and even a full-size bridge plaque! Historic bridges were built in a time where more attention was given to detail and beauty. Historic bridges not only bring attention to their own existence more than a modern bridge, they also bring more attention to the river, creek, or ditch that they cross. Thus, the crossing becomes a point of interest that might otherwise never be noticed.

This bridge is also significant for its association with a local bridge company that was noted for building truss bridges as well.


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