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This is a list of all 15 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Indiana. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1873 Harrison
Harrison, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana, USA (Whitewater River)
Bridgemeister ID:81
References:EOV
Principals:James W. Shipman and Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Destroyed, 1913, by flood
Main cables:Wire

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1923 Memorial (Soldiers and Sailors Memorial)
Winamac, Indiana, USA (Tippecanoe River - City Park)
Bridgemeister ID:849
Structurae ID:0011104
Coordinates:N 41.05245 W 86.59936
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Edward Windhorst Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1939 Sullivan-Hutsonville
Hutsonville, Illinois and Sullivan, Indiana, USA (Wabash River)
Bridgemeister ID:196
Structurae ID:0008022
Coordinates:N 39.1101 W 87.6551
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, IMB, SJR19880926
Principals:Steinman & Robinson, R.V. Milbank, Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co., Charles J. Glasgow
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1989
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:350f
Side spans:2 x 150f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Demolished 1989. This bridge was Steinman's attempt at a self-anchored suspension bridge and met a controversial demise in 1989. An article in the September 26, 1988 issue of the Springfield, IL "The State Journal-Register" describes the ongoing controversy. The company to which the $100,000 demolition contract was let offered to turn the money over to save the bridge. The locals agreed, but the company's Chief Engineer Stephen Schneider was quoted, "I think Indiana really wants to tear it down. They've been ... forced to send inspectors out every two weeks. I think they just want the headache gone." Gary Abell, spokesman for the Indiana Dept. Of Highways said its design is "not one of the best. It works in theory, but not in practice. This is like trying to save a mistake." After a lot of back-and-forth, the locals gave up, "We've had it with them. We don't want anything more to do with it. They can tear the damn thing down." Animosity toward this bridge continues 13 years after its demolition. In 2002, in an email to Wayne Grodkiewicz (who provided me with much information about this bridge), an INDOT representative said, "I am not sure why you are interested in that bridge, but from our stand point, it was a very poorly designed bridge that had many many problems from the day that it was completed, until it was brought down."
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States | Hutsonville Bridge | Crawford County, Illinois.
1966 (footbridge)
Indiana Beach, Indiana, USA (Lake Shafer)
Bridgemeister ID:879
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Large multi-span footbridge that serves as entrance to Indiana Beach amusement park.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1988 (footbridge)
Richmond, Indiana, USA (Whitewater River - Whitewater Gorge)
Bridgemeister ID:2307
Coordinates:N 39.83331 W 84.89902
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Photo by Stuart Brorson
2004 Riley
Delphi, Indiana, USA (Deer Creek - Riley Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1785
Coordinates:N 40.585167 W 86.669383
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • This is (at least) the third suspension bridge at this site. The previous bridges were built in 1911, 1988, and 1998. All three were destroyed by flood. I am unsure if the previous bridges qualify for my inventory.
Photo by Edward Windhorst Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
2005 (footbridge)
Cambridge City, Indiana, USA (Whitewater River - Creitz Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2306
Coordinates:N 39.81527 W 85.16978
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Milestone Construction Co., Jim Sweet
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Replaced a 1928 suspension bridge at the same location which had been destroyed by heavy snow and debris, December 2004. This predecessor appears to have been a drooping bridge.
Photo by Stuart Brorson Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
(footbridge)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA (St. Mary's River - Foster Park)
Bridgemeister ID:644
Coordinates:N 41.04716 W 85.16566
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
(footbridge)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (Riverside or Riverview Park)
Bridgemeister ID:258
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1913
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Wayne Grodkiewicz reports, "I have been doing some investigation on the Riverview Park bridge in Indianapolis. From my investigation so far I have found that there was no Riverview Park in Indianapolis, however it was pointed out by Meg Purnsle from the Indianapolis Historical Society that postcard manufacturers often got names of places wrong on the cards. So it is probably Riverside Park. This park is 'on the corner' of 30th street and the White River. The park is still there in a way. It used to be an amusement park from 1903 to 1970. According to a 1915 map 30th street was extended over the White River and the existence of a foot bridge is not noted. So, the bad news is that this bridge was [probably] torn down sometime between 1912 and 1915. As far as Riverside Park, there is nothing there now but trees. There are some ornate concrete park bridges there now over the White River and the Canal." After further investigation, Wayne wrote: "I have been in contact with the Indiana Historical Society about the bridge at Riverside Park. They have told me there is no concrete documentation about the demise of this bridge but it is general consensus that it was destroyed in the flood of March 1913. It was never replaced."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Logansport, Indiana, USA (Wabash River)
Bridgemeister ID:1695
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Merrillville, Indiana, USA (Hidden Lake Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2546
Coordinates:N 41.50220 W 87.32817
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Collapsed, July 4, 2009
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Collapsed July 4, 2009 under weight of crowd attending an Independence Day celebration. Main span is said to have been about 90 feet.
(footbridge)
Parke County, Indiana, USA (Sugar Creek - Turkey Run State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:269
Structurae ID:0011092
O'Donnell ID:364
Coordinates:N 39.88926 W 87.19948
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:IMB
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~192f
Notes
  • IMB states, "The original bridge collapsed into Sugar Creek in 1917... the state's Department of Natural Resources promptly replaced the old with current structure."
  • James Rader writes in 2008: "Three years ago flooding came up high enough to allow a couple of uprooted Sycamore trees to hit the bridge ripping out a large section of the wood railing and flooring from the middle of the bridge. Bridge was immediately closed. Structural analysis was completed and repairs were made including all new floor planks. Bridge is in great condition and should serve for many many more years to come."
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
St. Leon vicinity, Indiana, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2587
O'Donnell ID:1008
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
Swinging
Danville, Indiana, USA (White Lick Creek - Ellis Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1266
O'Donnell ID:363
Coordinates:N 39.762317 W 86.5152
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~137f
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Trailhead Park
Delphi, Indiana, USA (Deer Creek - Delphi Trails Entrance)
Bridgemeister ID:2577
Coordinates:N 40.57327 W 86.68522
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz

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