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Cavin Street Railroad Overpass

Cavin Street Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Spring 2007

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Cavin Street (IN-5)
Ligonier: Noble County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1912 By Builder/Contractor: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
29.2 Feet (8.9 Meters)
Structure Length
57.7 Feet (17.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

Anyone who takes a close look at this bridge might wonder if the workers who erected this bridge were drunk when they attached the plaque to this bridge. It is upside-down! It is unclear why this bridge's plaque is mounted upside down. It is possible that the plaques were attached to the girders before they were shipped to the erection site. If the girders were symmetrical, one would have to pay attention to the plaque to set them on the bridge so the plaque was not upside down. Perhaps it was a mistake that nobody noticed until after it was in place, and at that point it wasn't important enough to go through the work of fixing it.

Otherwise, this bridge is important as a documented structure (thanks to the upside-down plaque) fabricated by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company, a company that left its mark on the American landscape, with structures remaining today dating from the 1880s through the 1930s. This bridge continues to carry an extremely busy railroad mainline, a testimony to the durable construction of the bridge. It is not uncommon to see multiple trains within ten minutes at certain times of the day on this line.


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