Archives Photograph Collection

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Johnson Bridge (a.k.a. Johnston Bridge and Bell Bridge)

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According to Jeremy Ray Boshears in a February 1, 2017 e-mail to IU Archives Curator of Photograhs, Brad Cook: "This is the North end of the Johnson Bridge also listed as the Johnston Bridge in some books and in later years was known as the Bell Bridge by local residents. It crossed bean Blossom Creek just south of the intersection of Kinser Pike and Bottom road just West of Highway 37. It was built in 1881 and stood until 1964 when it was replaced with a newer style bridge. It was 100 feet long and had a 5 ton load limit and was built by Thomas A. Hardman using a Howe style truss." When the image seen here is compared to the image on page 44 of Bryan E. Ketcham's 1949 book titled "Covered Bridges on the Byways of Indiana" one can see that the bridges do appear to be the same.

date taken:

Circa 1935

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Covered bridges





other place name:

Monroe County

other place name:

Beanblossom Creek

other place name:

Johnson Bridge

other place name:

Johnston Bridge

other place name:

Bell Bridge

other place name:

Rocky Branch (of Beanblossom Creek)

other place name:

Kinser Pike (North)

other place name:

Bottom Road (North)


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