West Union Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, CR 525W, West Union, Parke County, IN
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CR 525W, West Union, IN
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IN-105
Building/structure dates: 1876 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1964 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1976 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1977 subsequent work
Significance: Local bridge builder J.J. Daniels built the West Union Bridge in 1876 to replace a washed out bridge. Daniels built nearly sixty covered bridges in Indiana between 1855 and ca. 1900. The bridge is 315' long, making it the longest in the county. The West Union Bridge is an excellent example of the Burr arch-truss and the accomplishments and ingenuity of Daniels.
Daniels, Joseph J.
Yule, Robert B.
Hunt, J. P.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTHWEST.
GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTH.
VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL, FROM SOUTH.
ELEVATION OF SOUTH PORTAL WITH SCALE.
ELEVATION OF SOUTH PORTAL WITHOUT SCALE.
OBLIQUE VIEW OF SOUTH CONCRETE APPROACH WALL, BUILT IN 1914 AFTER A FLOOD DAMAGED ORIGINAL WALLS.
ELEVATION OF WALL INSCRIPTION, SHOWING 1914 DATE AND NAMES OF COUNTY OFFICIALS AT TIME.
ELEVATION OF SOUTH ABUTMENT FROM NORTH WITH SCALE.
ELEVATION OF SOUTH ABUTMENT FROM NORTH WITHOUT SCALE.
DETAIL OF SOUTHEAST CORNER OF ABUTMENT WITH SCALE. NOTE STAY ROD EXTENDING FROM BOTTOM CHORD AND ANCHORED INTO ABUTMENT WITH IRON EYEHOOK. THIS FEATURE SECURED THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE TO THE ABUTMENTS TO PREVENT THE TRUSS FROM BEING WASHED DOWNSTREAM IN FLOODS. NOTE ALSO THE CAST IRON PLATE ON WHICH THE ARCH BEARS, WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF THE ARCH ENDS, ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SPOTS ON A TIMBER BRIDGE.
DETAIL OF SOUTHEAST CORNER OF ABUTMENT WITHOUT SCALE.
VIEW OF CENTER OF ABUTMENT FROM SOUTH.
VIEW OF INTERIOR FROM NORTH.
VIEW FROM EAST WINDOW LOOKING EAST.
OBLIQUE VIEW OF INTERIOR ARCH.
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