County Line Bridge, Spanning St. Joseph River at State Route 219, 0.6 , Osceola, Elkhart County, IN
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0.6, Osceola vicinity, IN
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IN-68
Significance: The County Line Bridge, in the vicinity of Osceola, Elkhart County, is significant as an example of early 20th century reinforced concrete bridge design and construction. It utilizes known design elements in an aesthetically pleasing and structurally interesting manner. It also represents an unusual example of a mutual project between two county councils, in which funding, contracting and design decisions were arranged through a special joint board. Further, it is the work of a master, the South Bend engineer, William S. Moore. In discussing the significance of this bridge, Patrick R. Ralston, Indiana's State Historic Preservation Officer has said: "In our opinion, the SR 219 bridge over the St. Joseph River in Elkhart County is of local significance. This three-span, open-spandrel concrete arch bridge with its long, filled causeway is architecturally significant in the Elkhart County-St. Joseph County area."
Concrete Arch Bridges
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. A VIEW OF THE BRIDGE WHICH DEMONSTRATES THE LENGTH OF THE CAUSEWAY. LOOKING EAST, FROM UPRIVER, SOUTH SIDE.
2. A CLOSER VIEW OF THE BRIDGE, SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS PHOTOGRAPH, FROM THE WEST, SHOWING THE MARINA FACILITY IN THE FOREGROUND.
3. A VIEW OF THE BRIDGE, LOOKING WEST FROM A LONG DISTANCE DOWNRIVER, AT HIGH WATER.
4. THIS VIEW SHOWS PORTIONS OF THE EAST FACADE OF THE SOUTH CAUSEWAY, AS WELL AS THE THREE OPEN ARCHES OF THE BRIDGE. LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM THE SOUTH BANK OF THE RIVER.
5. AN IMAGE LOOKING SOUTH ALONG THE SIDEWALK OF THE BRIDGE, SHOWING THE MARINA ON THE FAR BANK, TO THE RIGHT.
6. AN IMAGE LOOKING NORTH ALONG THE BRIDGE SIDEWALK, SHOWING THE CONCRETE BALUSTRADES, LAMP STANDARDS AND ASPHALT ROADWAY.
7. A VIEW OF THE BRIDGE APPROACH FROM THE SOUTH WITH THE MARINA VISIBLE IN THE BACKGROUND.
8. A PHOTO OF THE WEST ELEVATION OF THE SR 219 BRIDGE, SHOWING THE TWO CONCRETE CROSS WALLS AND TWO OF THE THREE ARCHES.
9. IMAGE OF THE EAST ELEVATION OF THE BRIDGE SHOWING THE CONCRETE OPEN SPANDRELS, MISSING BALUSTRADES AND THE LAMP STANDARDS.
10. AN OBLIQUE VIEW OF THE SOUTH CAUSEWAY, LOOKING NORTH. THE THREE RECESSED QUIRKS IN THE NEWEL HAVE BEEN FORMED OUT SIMILAR TO THE OUTER FACE OF THE PIERS.
11. AN IMAGE LOOKING NORTH ALONG THE SPAN, SHOWING THE BALUSTRADE AND CONCRETE CAUSEWAY PANELS.
12. A SIMILAR VIEW TO IN-68-04, TAKEN FARTHER DOWNRIVER FROM THE SOUTH BANK. THIS VIEW SHOWS THE GRACEFUL OPEN WORK OF THE SPANDRELS, UNDER THE BRIDGE.
13. A VIEW, WHICH SHOWS THE THREE ARCHED OPENINGS OF THE BRIDGE.
14. PHOTO LOOKING SOUTH FROM HIGH GROUND ON THE NORTH BANK OF THE RIVER. CONCRETE DETERIORATION IS QUITE APPARENT IN THIS IMAGE.
15. A CLOSE UP VIEW OF ONE OF THE EXPOSED AGGREGATE LAMP STANDARDS, ITS BRONZE DECORATED FERRULE AND BRONZE LENS RECEIVER.
16. A LONGER VIEW OF THE SAME LAMP STANDARD, SHOWING THE OCTAGONAL PEBBLE AGGREGATE SHAFT.
17. DETAIL OF THE BRONZE INSCRIPTION PLACQUE, LOCATED IN A NEWEL ON THE SOUTH END OF THE BRIDGE. ALTHOUGH THE DATE ON THE PLACQUE IS 1929, THE BRIDGE WAS NOT DEDICATED UNTIL 1930.
18. A VIEW EAST, SHOWING THE HEAVILY WOODED BANKS OF THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER. THIS IS TYPICAL OF THE RIVERSIDE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BRIDGE.
19. A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER, LOOKING EAST, FROM THE LOCALE OF THE MARINA, WEST OF THE BRIDGE.
20. A PHOTO IMAGE OF THE NORTH BANK OF THE ST. JOSEPH'S RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF THE BRIDGE.
21. GENERAL PLAN, Sheet No. 1A
22. NO TITLE, Sheet No. 1B
23. ELEVATIONS ABUTMENT #1 & HALF SPAN, Sheet No. 2
24. ELEVATIONS OF SPANS A & B, Sheet No. 3
25. HALF-ELEVATIONS, SPANS B & C, Sheet No. 4
26. ELEVATION, HALF-SPAN B & ABUTMENT No. 4, CROSS-SECTION ABUTMENT #4, Sheet No. 5
27. HALF-ELEVATION SPAN A, Sheet No. 6
28. HALF-SECTIONS SPANS A & B, Sheet No. 7
29. HALF-SECTION SPANS B & C, Sheet No. 8
30. HALF-SECTION OF SPAN C AND ABUTMENT No. 4, Sheet No. 9
31. TYPICAL CROSS-SECTIONS, Sheet No. 10.
32. SOUTH APPROACH WALLS, Sheet No. 11.
33. PILING PLAN, Sheet No. 12.
34. DETAIL OF BALUSTRADE AND LIGHT POSTS, Sheet No. 13.
35. BILL OF MATERIALS, Sheet No. 14.
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