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Dicy White Ford Bridge

Orange County Bridge 102, White's Ford Bridge

Dicy White Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-175 East Over Patoka River
Rural: Orange County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana and Engineer/Design: A. N. McPheters

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
86 Feet (26.2 Meters)
Structure Length
90 Feet (27.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.8 Feet (4.21 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This is a traditional early 20th century pin connected truss bridge. The bridge has been closed to traffic.

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Bridge History and Significance

Original Location:

S13/18 - T1S - R1W/1E - (1905 - 1926) The commissioners spent the day "locating a bridge site" near the line dividing Southeast and Greenfield townships on 10 June 1905. In early July, the board adopted plans and specifications for the Dicy White Ford Bridge across the Patoka River and ordered bidding. The county received nearly a dozen proposals in August and awarded a contract to the Vincennnes Bridge Company which brought in the lowest bid at $1,737.50 for the complete structure, including a "90-foot by 14-foot High Truss" steel superstructure. Lynden B. White was appointed superintendent of construction. In September 1906, the commissioners noted that the need to shift the proposed location of the Dicy White Ford Bridge had required some transfer of land to the county, but the bridge was now in process of construction at the somewhat relocated site. White certified satisfactory and complete construction by early November. The board viewed the bridge and agreed to pay the contract amount plus $240 extra for the stone abutments. In 1921, the state surveyed the Paoli to English Road for inclusion in the state highway system, including the Dicy White Ford Bridge over the Patoka. In 1923, the state surveyed the bridge site in preparation for a longer and wider replacement structure raised higher to allow for more waterway clearance. The surveyors noted the old structure was "in need of cleaning and painting and believe will last for a year or so." In 1926, the state erected three 72-foot pony-truss spans here with a 19-foot and 2-inch roadway.

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(1926/27 - present) In turn, Orange county returned their old but still functional Dicy White Ford structure to the county roadway system and re-erected it on new concrete abutments and wingwalls. A pair of laced channels provides each intermediate truss vertical, a pair of die-forged eyebars serves as each diagonal set, and a pair of cylindrical rods with turnbuckles counter the diagonals in the most central panel. The I floor-beams are U-bolted to the lower pins. The bridge carries a timber deck and allows 13-feet and 10-inches of vertical clearance over the roadway. These once-moved, pinned Pratt through trusses are conventionally designed. The original truss members function in their current locale and are given a small decorative touch by vintage latticed guardrails. References Warren T. Hobson & Associates, Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Orange County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979, 1996). Indiana State Highway Commission, Road Survey, 198: 2; Bridge Survey, 86: 34-39; 2204: 2-3. Orange County, "Commissioners Record," 15: 67, 86, 118-120, 419-421, 467. "English and Paoli Road Now Open," The Paoli News, 10 November 1926: p1c2.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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