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Near Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Carrollton Bridge

 
 
Full Front View - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Full Front View - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker
(Click on any of these photos to see the details.)
Inscription.
Front
The Wabash & Erie Canal meets the Wabash River
Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal
Delphi, Indiana
See Photo #2:
1844 Timber Truss Bridge
The Wabash and Erie Canal authorities built the first bridge here in 1844 to accommodate the Canalís only main line crossing of the Wabash River. The bridge superstructure consisted of five fixed and one draw timber spans. A walkway on the west side carried a track for a small mule-powered tramcar which towed canal boats to the opposite shore.

Obverse Side
A Revolution in Concrete Design

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 40° 38.964′ N, 86° 39.44′ W. Marker is near Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker is on County Road N 700 W north of County Road W 675 N, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delphi IN 46923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carrollton on the Wabash (here, next to this marker); Mentzer Tavern (here, next to this marker); The Wabash & Erie Canal
1844 Timber Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
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2. 1844 Timber Truss Bridge
(a few steps from this marker); Trail of Death (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of Cabin Home Gen. Samuel Milroy (approx. 3.8 miles away); Samuel Milroy (approx. 3.8 miles away); Spanish American War Veterans Gave Their Cannon (approx. 4.5 miles away); Civil War Memorial - Carroll County Indiana (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delphi.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Wabash & Erie Canal Park" - Delphi, Indiana::. This organization has the greatest concentration and most of the known remains of the Wabash & Erie Canal in Indiana. The many links on this web site are very interesting and fun to work with. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. "The men who dug the Canal" ::. A light and lively song with many old photos of canal builders in the process of digging a canal. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. "Angel of the Canal" ::. Many fell ill digging canals. In frontier days there were few doctors and medicine was scarce. In the Brecksville, Ohio area Mrs. Johnson became known as the "Angel of the Canal"
"Lake Wabash" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
3. "Lake Wabash"
Text reads: “A dam built at Pittsburg, six miles to the south, created “Lake Wabash,” a slackwater deep enough in the river for canal boats to cross at the Carrollton Bridge and to follow the east river bank for three miles to Paragon where they could again re-enter the Canal.”
for her care of the ill. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made FeaturesRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
Stephen H. Long - Truss Design image. Click for full size.
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4. Stephen H. Long - Truss Design
Text reads: "The Canal engineer ordered bridge trusses built to a patented design of Colonel Stephen H. Long, a noted explorer of the American West and Commander of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Long patented three cutting-edge bridge designs in the 1830's, the last two of which might have been used as the pattern at Carrollton."
"Pittsburg Dam" - Photo image. Click for full size.
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5. "Pittsburg Dam" - Photo
Text reads: "The 1838 Pittsburg dam was the longest in the state of Indiana." "Photo courtesy Charles E. Gerard Photography Collection"
1921 - Checking out the Canal Towpath image. Click for full size.
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6. 1921 - Checking out the Canal Towpath
Text reads: "A group surveying the old canal towpath from Delphi to Logansport in 1921 paused on the second Carrollton Bridge for a photo." "Photo from Benjamin Stuart, History of the Wabash and Valley 1924"
"Bowstring Bridges" in 1874 image. Click for full size.
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7. "Bowstring Bridges" in 1874
Text reads: "Even before an 1873 storm destroyed Longís timber trusses the Canal had fallen into disuse, and local authorities had assumed responsibility for the crossing. The Carroll County Commissioners ordered the construction of five new iron bowstring bridges in 1874, including replacement spans for Carrollton, from the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio. All five bridges were built to Joseph Davenportís patented “Wrought Iron, Howe Truss Arch” design. One of these bowstrings can be seen at the Canal Park Annex in Delphi."
Obverse Side - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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8. Obverse Side - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker
Marker Photo - - 1927 Luten - Design image. Click for full size.
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9. Marker Photo - - 1927 Luten - Design
Bridge Design image. Click for full size.
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10. Bridge Design
Text reads: "Daniel B. Luten designed the six-span concrete bridge erected in 1927 and still serving traffic today. Luten (1869-1946) of Indianapolis held more U.S. patents on concrete bridge design and construction than any other person. His single-tier of reinforcing in the arch ring and extension of it into the piers, for example, allowed him to safely halve the amount of steel and concrete used with more conventional design. Lutenís inventive efficiencies underline why thousands of concrete bridges to his various forms were constructed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in the early 20th century."
Photo - - "Daniel B. Luten" image. Click for full size.
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11. Photo - - "Daniel B. Luten"
Under-water Timber Foundations image. Click for full size.
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12. Under-water Timber Foundations
Text reads: "The underwater timber foundations of the stone piers erected for the 1844 covered bridge and reused for the 1874 iron spans can still be seen a few yards upstream when the river is low and clear."
The Carrollton Bridge Marker & Others image. Click for full size.
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13. The Carrollton Bridge Marker & Others
Looking North/West - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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14. Looking North/West - - The Carrollton Bridge Marker
Memorial image. Click for full size.
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15. Memorial
The Carrollton Bridge -and- Marker image. Click for full size.
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16. The Carrollton Bridge -and- Marker
The Carrollton Bridge image. Click for full size.
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17. The Carrollton Bridge
2008 Plaque - - " Bridge No. 132 " - - The Carrollton Bridge image. Click for full size.
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18. 2008 Plaque - - " Bridge No. 132 " - - The Carrollton Bridge
The freshness of the bridge -and- this plaque seems to indicate that the bridge was up-dated in 2008.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,116 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   18. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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