This is one of only a few known bolt-connected Camelback truss bridges in Indiana.
Above: Historical article about injury that took place during bridge construction. Source: The Evening Star, December 2 1915
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Bridge History and Significance
The Shelby board of commissioners held a letting for the construction of the McConnell Ford Bridge in July 1915. The Craig Construction Company of Decatur county won a $3,040 contract for the substructure, and the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis received the superstructure contract at $5,893. The board found the substructure as satisfactorily completed by late October. The verticals of the camelback's trusses were made of laced heavy channels of a single size divide the span into nine standard panels (three central; two for each side section; one under each endpost). Central panels have crossed diagonals; side panels angle diagonals only toward span center from the top chord. Moving from pins to bolted connections, the fabricators abandoned eyebars for angles riveted to stay plates for the diagonals and lower chord members. Girder floor-beams are bolted to gussets and vertical plates below the lower chord. McConnell Bridge was repainted in 1921 by Verlie O. Fox and by Ray Heck in 1927. 13'6" of vert clear. One of five extant bolted Camelbacks in the state, this bridge seems especially heavy for its length, using more panels, more extensive bracing, and heavier verticals than usual. The bridge retains its original members. References Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection Report: Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1973). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report For Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1978). Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Shelby County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1992), 21-22. "Construction News," Engineering News, 22 July 1915: 57. Shelby County, "Commissioners Record," S: 417-418, 444-445; T: 262, 512-513.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
Original / Full Size Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Mobile Optimized Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
View Bridge Location In:
© Copyright 2003-2020, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.