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Dickey's Ford Bridge

Miller Bridge, Orange County Bridge 18

Dickey's Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-375 North Over Lost River
Location
Rural: Orange County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1887 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
95 Feet (28.8 Meters)
Structure Length
101 Feet (30.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
5900013

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This is a classic example of a Wrought Iron Bridge Company through truss that retains good historic integrity.

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Bridge History and Significance

Constructed on the old New Albany-Vincennes State Road; at least a second-generation structure at this location. The county engineer drafted detailed specifications for the substructure and general ones for the superstructure. George M. Albertson of Orange County built the substructure. The Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, fabricated this single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls. Intermediate verticals of crafted I beams divide the 101' truss into most of its six panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs of adjustable ones stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; a cylindrical eyebar with a turnbuckle counters the others in the two most central panels. U-bolted to the lower pins, new I floor-beams carry the timber deck with its 11'5" roadway and 16'9" of vertical clearance. Designed by a prolific Ohio firm, this bridge retains many of its original members, including its decoratively latticed portals and portal bracing. Its new floor-beams are welded as well as U-bolted to pin and vertical plates. References Warren T. Hobson & Associates, Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Orange County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979, 1996). bridge nameplate.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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