This bridge with its two unequal spans is a rare example of a multi-span pin-connected pony truss bridge. Most surviving pony truss bridges with pin connections are single span bridges. This bridge is also a notable example of the Champion Bridge Company, which was more prolific in other states like Ohio and Tennessee.
The National Bridge Inventory showed a 1913 construction date, however the DHPA notes listed a ca. 1900 date. Given the lightweight trusses, and built-up floorbeams, and the stone substructure, the 1900 date seems more likely.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Bridge History and Significance
Built by the Champion Bridge Company of Wilmington, Ohio, the two-span, pin-connected Pratt pony truss rests upon its original cut stone abutments, wingwalls, and pier. The structure extends 113' in three and four panels each. Its verticals are fabricated of laced pairs of angles and its diagonals of a pair of die-forged and rectangular eyebars countered by an adjustable bar in the center panels of the longest span and crossed in the center panel of the shortest span. I floor-beams, which are double U-bolted to the lower pins, carry the timber deck with its 12' roadway. One of three extant Pratt ponies fabricated by the prolific Ohio firm, this is also one of the three surviving two-span structures of this truss type in Indiana. The unadorned bridge retains its original substructure and metal members, although some have undergone repair. The truss design is quite standard. References Bridge nameplate. American Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Martin County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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