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Vera Cruz Bridge

Vera Cruz Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: September 21, 2012 and May 19, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned IN-301 Alignment Over Wabash River
Location
Vera Cruz: Wells County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1887 By Builder/Contractor: Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
150 Feet (46 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is an impressive example of work by a noteworthy in-state bridge builder, the Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie. The bridge has been abandoned for a number of years since being bypassed by a modern bridge. The bridge remains in decent condition and could easily be restored either here or in a new location for pedestrian use. The bridge retains good historic integrity and is important in the context of Indiana's heritage, as well as the nationwide rarity of Whipple truss bridges.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Fabricated by a prolific Indiana bridge builder, this truss retains its original members, including decoratively latticed portals and rounded portal bracing. (See Jackson County #193 for a simpler version of the same truss type constructed by the same company in the same year.)

Architectural Description

This high, single-span double-intersection through Pratt (Whipple) truss rests upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls. Fabricated by the Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, the 150' span consists of twelve panels separated by intermediate verticals made of two sizes (smaller in center span) of reinforced I beams with reinforcing pin plates riveted above and below. The verticals are stabilized with horizontal cylindrical rods running at mid-panels. Except for the cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles stretching towards the span's end the tops of the three most central verticals, diagonals are die-forged eyebars. Like the double die-forged eyebars of the lower chord, the girder floor beams are double U-bolted to the lower pins and carry the 18' asphalt-over-timber deck. The truss allows 17' of vertical clearance.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.698600,-85.082970

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