Near Gosport in Monroe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pennsylvania through truss iron bridge built 1903 by Lafayette Engineering Co.; crosses West Fork of White River, spans 316 feet, and rests on concrete and stone abutments. One of longest single-span iron bridges in Indiana; longest highway bridge of its type. Has unique iron framework, original lattice railing. Replaced Seacrest’s Ferry.
Commissioners from Owen and Monroe counties met 1901 to plan for a bridge. Owen paid two-thirds of cost, Monroe one-third. Served as vital link between Gosport and Spencer and Bloomington. Closed to vehicles and bypassed by the modern bridge to the west 1990. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1996.
Erected 2000 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Jane Wampler Stouder and Mary Asher Wampler. (Marker Number 53.2000.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Location. 39° 19.93′ N, 86° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gosport IN 47433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ten O'Clock Line (approx. 1.6 miles away); Camp Hughes (approx. 1.6 miles away); Stinesville Limestone Industry (approx. 2.7 miles away); Owen County (Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Owen County War Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Owen County Courthouse (approx. 5.6 miles away); American Revolution War Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Civil War Cannons - Owen County Indiana (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gosport.
Also see . . . Secrest Ferry Bridge. From the HistoricBridges.org website. (Submitted on June 3, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.