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Ferry Bridge

Location: N. Texas Ridge Rd. over West Fork of White River, 2 miles south of Gosport.  (Monroe County, Indiana)

Installed: 2000 Indiana Historical Bureau, Jane Wampler Stouder and Mary Asher Wampler

ID# : 53.2000.1


Side one:

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 Secrest's Ferry.

Side two:

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.


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