Places in Allen County, Indiana

Bridges

  1. Former historic covered bridges: Aqueduct over St. Marys River, Broadway over St. Marys River, and Leo over St. Joseph River from page 6 Series 6: Indiana Covered Bridge Visual Materials from Collection # M0836 OM0476 COVERED TIMBER BRIDGE COMMITTEE COLLECTION, 1930–1979 Collection Information, Historical Sketch, Processed by Laurie Randall, Janet Schmidt, and Dorothy A. Nicholson, October 2009, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department, William Henry Smith Memorial Library, Indiana Historical Society,450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269.
  2. c1875 New Haven Covered Bridge

    Postcard photo of New Haven Bridge, Allen County, IN Built c1875 on Documenting North America's past & present covered bridges Covered Spans of Yesteryear.

    1. 2024 screenshot Allen County Covered Bridges
      Documenting North America's past & present covered bridges Covered Spans of Yesteryear lists sixteen covered bridges in Allen County, Indiana
    2. Covered Bridges in Indiana Focus on Local History, Number 16, Order number 8503, © Indiana Historical Bureau, Originally published as a part of Indiana History Bulletin Volume 69, Number 1, March 1998
    3. The Covered Bridges of Indiana A quest to walk and photograph all the 92 remaining covered bridges in Indiana, USA WordPress blog.
    4. Indiana Covered Bridges List Dale Travis – Jan 9, 2024
    5. List of covered bridges in Indiana on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  3. Historic Bridges Inventory Summary & Results Indiana Department of Transportation
  4. SHAARD & IHBBC Map: Finding Historic Structures in Your APE 37 page document Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  5. SHAARD Historic Structures

    SHAARD Structural Surveys has information on historic structures

IDNR Historic Bridges

IDNR Historic Bridges IndianaMap GIO IndianaMap.

SHAARD post by the INDNR

May 5, 2023 post by Indiana Department of Natural Resources  on Facebook:

MAY IS HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH: The Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) allows users to search for information on known historic resources throughout Indiana. SHAARD includes data from the County Survey Program (Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory), the Indiana Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry, Indiana Historic Bridge Inventory, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures, and a Historic Theater inventory [Indiana members].

DNR Indiana Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map SHAARD

Click on the points on the Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges and Cemeteries map GIS map of SHAARD data.

To learn more about @INDIANA Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, SHAARD, and the IHBBC Map, visit http://dnr.IN.gov/.../national-and-state.../shaard-database

  1. Allen County search on Bridgehunter.com: Historic and Notable Bridges of the United States shows 62 lost bridges. With a seperate page for Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  2. Allen County, Indiana and Bridges of Fort Wayne, Indiana on BridgeReports.com National Bridge Inventory appears to be the most complete list including bridges over ditches and creeks using National Bridge Inventory data as early as 1883.
  3. Bridges at Fort Wayne Public Works includes a map at City of Fort Wayne.
  4. Historic Bridges: Allen County, Indiana shows 22 bridges on historicbridges.org
  5. Covered Bridges and the Birth of American Engineering by Historic American Engineering Record National Park Service Washington, D.C. 2015. Posted June 7, 2022 by Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS on Facebook.
  6. The Oldest Iron Bridge about the Wells Street Bridge by Tom Castaldi, local historianposted September 11, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  7. Roger Bireley posts lots of bridge photos on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  8. September 13, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

    It's #waybackwednesday! Check out this image of the Clinton St. Bridge in Fort Wayne, courtesy of the Harter Postcard Collection in our Community Album.

    Check out the collection here: http://contentdm.acpl.lib.in.us/.../collection/p16089coll11

  9. Western Bridge Works Fort Wayne Indiana 1879

    Western Bridge Works Fort Wayne Indiana 1879 ironwork photo posted June 13, 2024 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

  10. Mechanic Street Bridge

    Be sure to visit Engage Fort Wayne to learn about new projects and stay up-to-date with ongoing ones, like the...

    Posted by Three Rivers Active Streets on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

    Tuesday, June 25, 2024 post by Three Rivers Active Streets on Facebook:

    Be sure to visit Engage Fort Wayne to learn about new projects and stay up-to-date with ongoing ones, like the restoration of the Mechanic St bridge and the rebuilding of the trestle bridge at Lawton Park.

    https://engage.cityoffortwayne.org

  11. Scipio Road Bridge has a Facebook page.
  12. The old Stellhorn Bridge is our topic for Today’s Throwback Thursday. The c. 1885 bridge was built by the Smith Bridge...

    Posted by ARCH, Inc. on Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

    The old Stellhorn Bridge is our topic for Today’s Throwback Thursday. The c. 1885 bridge was built by the Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio. It was located on Lower Huntington Road and crossed the St. Marys River. During Prohibition, two federal agents were killed in a gun battle near this bridge. (Photo Courtesy of the Allen County Public Library Community Album)

  13. TENNESSEE AVENUE BRIDGE Photo taken May 21, 2024 @ 4:45 a.m. The moon was soooooo bright, & lit up the sky so...

    Posted by Steve Winans on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024 post by Steve Winans on Facebook:

    TENNESSEE AVENUE BRIDGE

    Photo taken May 21, 2024 @ 4:45 a.m.

    The moon was soooooo bright, & lit up the sky so PERFECTLY-- it looked like a painting, with the different hues of gray & blue, and the wispy clouds!! I think I caught it too!!

    Standing NE, looking SW, over the St. Joseph River, towards Anderson Avenue...

    The Tennessee Avenue Bridge was designed by:

    A.W. GROSVENOR: who also designed the Columbia Street Bridge, the 4th Street Bridge (it used to have beautiful wrought iron elegant Street lamps on it, btw ), "THE" Lincoln Highway Bridge (wrongly named the Harrison Street Bridge Today), & others...

    Grosvenor was considered a TOP Bridge designer of his time - That's why he was chosen to design the bridge that is the STARTING POINT of the original 1915 Lincoln Hi-way Route..... (not this bridge)....

    The Tennessee River (Avenue) Bridge was dedicated in December 1912

    *** best viewed in low light or the dark....

  14. Here is a different perspective of the TENNESSEE AVENUE BRIDGE!! I took this on my short morning walk on May 12, 2024, ...

    Posted by Steve Winans on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

    Wednesday, June 26, 2024 post post by Steve Winans on Facebook:

    Here is a different perspective of the TENNESSEE AVENUE BRIDGE!!

    I took this on my short morning walk on May 12, 2024, @ 4:45 a.m.

    Looking SE, near McAfee Street, towards St. Joseph Blvd....

    The Tennessee Ave Bridge was built in 1912, & it was designed by Nationally acclaimed bridge designer A.W. GROSVENOR, of Fort Wayne...

    It's a VERY rare bridge, in that it is a Melan Arch Bridge (rare in the US then, & even more now!), & has a dark Flemish Bond Brick covering, with Bedford Limestone columns & accents...

    Very EUROPEAN in design -- I saw similar bridges in Paris, and Amsterdam... 

    I hope you enjoy this view!! 🏆❤️🙂‼️

    Shared June 26, 2024 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group:

    Here is a post I posted on my personal page... it has some historical information, that I thought you all might like....

    The Tennessee Avenue Bridge is A.W. Grosvenor's oldest surviving Bridge in Fort Wayne, & other cities in the Midwest...

    He was a BIG DEAL back in his day...

    Some of his surviving MASTERPIECES in Fort Wayne: Columbia Street Bridge, Lincoln Highway Bridge (Harrison Street Bridge), this bridge, & the 4th Street Bridge (which used to have 2 ornate light posts on each side of it), among others....

    I hope you all enjoy this!!

  15. Today, Mayor Sharon Tucker and the Vann Family announced a $5 million gift to fund the construction of a bridge that...

    Posted by City of Fort Wayne Government on Thursday, July 18, 2024

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 post by the City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:

    Today, Mayor Sharon Tucker and the Vann Family announced a $5 million gift to fund the construction of a bridge that will connect two sections of the Pufferbelly Trail over Coliseum Boulevard.

    Read: MAYOR TUCKER AND VANN FAMILY ANNOUNCE $5 MILLION FOR THE PUFFERBELLY TRAIL

    [ See Jim Vann and Rea Magnet Wire. ]

    Vann Family Foundation contributes $5M toward Pufferbelly Bridge over Coliseum Blvd. at Fort Wayne Trails.

  16. This morning, Mayor Sharon Tucker, alongside Fort Wayne Trails Executive Director Kent Castleman, announced a $5M gift...

    Posted by Fort Wayne Trails on Thursday, July 18, 2024

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 post by Fort Wayne Trails on Facebook:

    This morning, Mayor Sharon Tucker, alongside Fort Wayne Trails Executive Director Kent Castleman, announced a $5M gift from the Vann Family Foundation to assist in funding a new pedestrian bridge over Coliseum Blvd. for the Pufferbelly Trail. The bridge will be known as the Vann Family Crossing.

    Jim Vann was a former shareholder and chairperson of Rea Magnet Wire in Fort Wayne and has been an instrumental leader and community supporter over the years.

    “My wife, Lee, loved the trails system in Fort Wayne,” said Jim Vann. “The bridge is our way of saying thank you to the late Mayor Tom Henry and Mayor Tucker, to all Rea employees, and to our citizens for creating such a special place to live and work. We are proud to call Fort Wayne our home.”

    Fort Wayne Trails staff, along with city staff, worked with family representatives to make this gift a reality. James Holm, Director of Community Engagement, created a video presentation showcasing the importance of this bridge and its impact on not only Fort Wayne, but the regional trail system through the Poka-Bache Connector. The Pufferbelly is a segment of the 81-mile visionary trail being developed across four counties. To view the presentation video from November 2023, visit the Fort Wayne Trails Youtube page or view in the comments below this post.

    “One of the goals of this important bridge project is to make our trails more useable as public transportation. This bridge will allow for a safe and speedy crossing over Coliseum Blvd. helping trail users to reach downtown Fort Wayne and its many destinations. Eliminating the barrier of Coliseum Blvd. for casual users as well as daily commuters is a generational move for the growth of the system.” commented Castleman. This bridge, which is a part of the section of the Pufferbelly Trail known as the Golden Spike, will connect 85 miles south of Coliseum Blvd. with 35 Miles north to create a 120 mile connected network in Allen County.

    In a letter explaining the reasons for their family’s gift, Jim added, “with Rea and through the Vann Family Foundation, a steady stream of donations and strong company volunteerism was sustained in the community. The initial contribution to the Aboite Trails was through the Vann Family Foundation in 2002. The Vann Family Crossing really represents the pinnacle of our thanks to Mayor Henry, Mayor Tucker, the citizens of Fort Wayne, and the generations of Rea Magnet Wire employees. Fort Wayne Trails was one of Lee’s real passions, and we feel truly lucky…. again… to be part of building Fort Wayne’s incredible future.”

    The Vann children stated that their parents’ story is just one of many, and what makes Fort Wayne so unique. They have been part of a generational “core of giving” that has been truly inspirational. Fortunately for all of us, our community’s culture of “doing good for others” is as strong as ever and will continue to be the foundation for our City’s future prosperity.

    “The kind and generous gift being provided by Mr. Vann and his family is a true testament to thinking of others first and giving back for the betterment of a community,” said Mayor Tucker. “Our trails and greenways provide residents and visitors with a quality-of-life amenity that makes Fort Wayne stronger and more vibrant. This effort will leave a legacy that won’t be forgotten.”

    [ Comments to the post included this video and link: PUFFERBELLY TRAIL: WASHINGTON CENTER ROAD TO ICE WAY (1.6mi)

    Donor Presentation for Pufferbelly Trail - Coliseum Blvd Bridge Crossing July 18, 2024 Fort Wayne Trails on YouTube
    This video was created by Fort Wayne Trails in November 2023 for use in presenting to potential donors for the bridge crossing of the Pufferbelly Trail at Coliseum Blvd. This presentation, along with conversations and planning, with the City of Fort Wayne, ultimately led to a $5M gift from The Vann Foundation facilitated by Jim Vann and family. The bridge will be named the Vann Family Crossing.

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