Hey, Workin' Bridges is looking for people that want to turn this bridge area into a park. There is some interest at DOT level to take the trees out of the abutment. If we can find a group of people interested we may be able to make this case.
I have more pictures on my flickr page of this stunning Whipple.
I have family right down the road from this bridge. We used to drive 2 hours to get here when I was a kid and we always got to cross this old iron bridge unless the river was so high it flowed over the deck. It was pretty sad when they built the new bridge and totally cut the road from the old bridge. Grampa told me that anyone could buy of for $1, but you have to insure it, hence, nobody bought it. I don't know how true that is. I drive by it about once a year now, it brings back fond memories from when I was a kid in the 70's. I hope it stands another 100 years!
The new bridge was built 1984.
This is the wrought iron bridge that Jim Barker suggested I go see when I was starting to take interest in the iron trusses. The conversation between Jim and I was centered on Whipples and I was not disappointed when I arrived at the bridge. I am however, many years later, concerned when I see pictures of the bridge sitting somewhat precariously on the abutments. I know that one abutment is free standing wheras the other side still has the approach to protect it somewhat. This reminds me of the eventual fate of the Bell's Ford Covered Bridge in Jackson Co, In. I hope that the Vera Cruz bridge is dealt with in a positive manner in the very near future.
I was at this bridge last August. It is wrought iron so the trusses are in pretty good shape. However the problem lies with the trees that are growing at the ends of the bridge. The abutments are made of unusually small stones, and the tree roots are starting to cause some major seperation.
This bridge is listed on the INDOT bridge adoption page. I had heard for some time that there were plans to move it into Blufton over the Wabash for pedestrian use. Don't know if that is still a possibility or not. With the loss of the Log Lick Creek Whipple truss, we don't need to lose this one too.
Thank you for posting the photos. I was curious of the status of the bridge as I last visited it 3 1/2 years ago. Are there any plans to move the bridge?