Historic Indiana Bridge to Be Moved to Brownstown

Fri July 22, 2011 - Midwest Edition
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BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (AP) A 114-year-old southern Indiana bridge will be moved to the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

County Commissioner Jerry Hounshel said the bridge over the Lahrman Ditch just south of U.S. 50 will be moved to over a creek in the antique tractor area of the fairgrounds.

The county wants to replace the 36-ft.-long bridge, but Hounshel said it can’t be demolished because it’s on a state list of historic bridges. He said if the bridge isn’t used somewhere, it has to be placed in storage. Officials said the county bridge crew will move the bridge and build the replacement.

The Tribune of Seymour reported the bridge was built in 1896 and is a rare example of a very small scale truss construction.