Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mill Road Bridge

Photo: 1/2007 rj
SFN 4236157

Built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1872 this rare Iron Bowstring rests abandoned on a closed section of Mill Road over Wakatomika Creek in Knox County. The Mount Vernon Mayor has considered saving this deteriorating bridge by moving it to Foundation Park. However, the Knox County Engineer is proposing its demolition despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Send encouragement to: Mount Vernon Mayor Mavis

Appeals to: J Henry,

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Riverbend Bridge

Photo: Nathan Holth
SFN 3234312

Built by the Canton Bridge Co. in 1895 this iron Pratt through truss bridge over the Blanchard River is located near the entrance to the Riverbend Recreation Area. This historic Hancock County bridge is to be replaced by a new 2-lane covered bridge, likely similar to those in Union County. However the historical significance of this iron bridge is apparently being recognized and the most recent news indicates the bridge may be moved and preserved in the Riverbend area.

Send encouragement to the county engineer.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Rommels Mill Bridge

SFN 7035462
Photo: 8/2007 rj

Another great example of historic bridge preservation took place in Richland County. The bridge is a 1913 Warren Through Truss featuring lacing on many of the diagonal members. Well integrated guard rails have been added and exposed metal has been galvanized. Rehabilitation was done by US Bridge Company. The bridge should last for many years.

The bridge is situated adjacent to the remains of the abandoned Rommels Mill and the site is a photographer's delight. Thank the CE