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Whisnand Ford Bridge

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Whisnand Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 10, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned Road Over Stephens Creek
Rural: Monroe County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
95 Feet (29 Meters)
Structure Length
95 Feet (29 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge was apparently moved to this location in 1930 to possibly serve the needs of a local farmer. It does not appear to have ever served an actual road at this location. Some of the bridge's parts have been scrapped out. HistoricBridges.org documented this bridge in near-darkness, so photos are few in number and low in quality.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

These pinned Prat through trusses are conventionally designed for a fairly early structure. Not all the original members remain with this abandoned span. The deck, some of the floor beams, and lower chord, and all the guardrail are absent. The latticed portals and portal bracing remain.

Architectural Description

What's left of this pin-connected Pratt through span of seven panels is seated upon concrete abutments. A pair of laced channels provides each intermediate vertical, and a pair of eyebars serves as most diagonal sets. Single cylindrical rods with turnbuckles supply the center panel's diagonal and the three most central panels' counters. Two girder floor beams remain. The deck is gone.

ALTERATIONS: Some of the original members, the deck, some of the floor beams, the lower chord, and all the guardrail are missing.

Other Information

Not Currently Available.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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