This bridge is a traditionally composed example of its type. Built in the later part of the pin-connected truss bridge era, it shows the final conclusion of all the experimentation and creativity that occurred in the late 1800s, which is that of standardization as bridge builders found the design and parts that were the best suited for the job.
This bridge is in fair condition, but is in need of a comprehensive rehabilitation to make sure it can continue to serve light rural traffic for decades to come.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Built by a prolific Hoosier firm, this unadorned structure retains its original members, although the I beams welded to the floor beam bottoms and the concrete caps around the southern endposts suggest contemporary modifications for support.
The Lafayette Bridge Company of Lafayette, Indiana, fabricated this single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls. Intermediate verticals of laced channels divide the 99' span into most of its six panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the two most central panels. U-bolted to the lower pins, I floor beams carry the timber deck with its 11'5" roadway and 16' of vertical clearance.
ALTERATIONS: The I beams welded to the floor beam bottoms and the concrete caps around the southern endposts suggest contemporary modifications for support.
This bridge was part of a 4-bridge combination contract negotiated for $3,300 in June 1897 with the Lafayette Bridge Company. One of the structures was to be 100-feet long and to carry a 12-foot roadway. In November, Lafayette Bridge received a $1,300 payment for two bridges in Guthrie township, one of which was over Guthrie Creek.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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