Sagamore Parkway bridge demolition

Sagamore Parkway Eastbound Bridge demolition July 12, 2016.

Today, July 12th, 2016, one of the road bridges, over the Wabash River, was demolished, using explosives. This is the latest phase in the reconstruction project, of the bridge carrying the east bound carriageway of Sagamore Parkway, formerly US52, from West Lafayette to Lafayette, Indiana.

River Road, Old State Road 43, which is situated next the Wabash River, and passes under the bridge, has been closed from Monday July 11, 2016, for approximately one month.

Traffic from the east bound bridge has been diverted onto the other, west bound bridge, temporarily. The deck had previously been stripped off of the bridge framework, and the most easterly span was removed, before the framework was demolished, at approximately 9AM, on the 12th. Crews have been given 24 hours to remove the debris from the river.

The east bound bridge is situated south of the west bound bridge, and was constructed in 1936, and is therefore older than the west bound bridge. The two bridges are of completely different designs.

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US 52 Sagamore Parkway Eastbound Wabash River Bridge

This interesting bridge is of Warren Deck Truss construction. It was built in 1936, has a total span of 982 feet, and carries the east bound carriageways of US52, from West Lafayette to Lafayette, across the Wabash River and State Road 43, at Lafayette, in Indiana. http://bridgehunter.com/in/tippecanoe/19010/

As I type this, at the end of May 2016, work is about to begin to remove and replace this old bridge. The structure and superstructure are deemed to be structurally deficient, and also the construction is similar the I35W bridge in Minnesota that collapsed suddenly in August 2007. http://bridgehunter.com/mn/hennepin/mississippi-35w/

The pictures were taken from underneath the bridges, besides State Road 43, May 30th, 2016.

 

GPS: 40.451664, -86.895164

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Where history meets military service

Spec. Joey Bloomer, left, and Sgt. Matthew Gregory of the Army National Guard, Military Funeral Honors, fold a 48 star U.S. flag during a military service for Patrick Flynn Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In the background are Pfc. James Davis and Father Ambrose Ziegler. Flynn served in the Civil War with the 2nd New York Cavalry. (Photo: John Terhune/Journal & Courier)

Lafayette, Indiana November 11, 2015.

Under a bright sun and in between gentle gusts of wind, about 20 people gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor someone none of them had ever met.

The focal point was a brand new gray military-style gravestone that sat on a hill next to the woods on an edge of St. Mary’s Cemetery. “Patrick Flynn,” it read in part, “Co I 2 NY CAV.” Along with the birth and death dates, the words pointed to Flynn’s service fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

The marker belongs to the great-grandfather of Cathy Ferguson, a lifetime Lafayette resident. Her family — including a few veterans — and friends attended the military service. Ferguson worked with her nephew, Fred Bolander, to obtain a stone through Tippecanoe County’s veteran’s services, a headstone that would replace the heavily faded one that had stood for more than a century.

But there’s more to the story than that.

Flynn’s previous stone, Ferguson said, was turned backward, faced the woods and was in an area removed from the rest of his family. No one is completely sure why. While her uncle paid to have it turned around about 20 years ago, she said the family believed Flynn might not have properly been honored for his service because of its initial position.

So she contacted Sgt. Matthew Gregory, the team leader of the Lafayette division of Military Funeral Honors, and decided to have a service honoring her great-grandfather.

“Family history is important to me, and … we’re just a close family,” Ferguson said. “So it was just something we wanted to do, and my niece suggested, ‘Why don’t we get a service?’ So it kind of snowballed into that.”

“I feel every soldier deserves his honors. We don’t ever leave anyone behind,” Gregory said. “That soldier served this country and sacrificed a lot.”

Four members of the armed services carried out the military honors — First Sgt. Paul Sabol of the Indiana Guard Reserve played taps, and servicemen presented a late 19th-century replica flag to Ferguson. Father Ambrose Ziegler, who travels around the area performing services, blessed the gravestone and delivered prayers. His remarks centered on the importance of remembering a war fought on U.S. soil and keeping the country strong from within through prayer, positivity and love.

“Sometimes we forget the price that many, many people — men, women and youth — have to pay so that there can be peace,” Ziegler said.

Flynn was born in Toronto in 1842 to parents from Ireland, according to a family history pamphlet compiled by Ferguson’s uncle. In August of 1861, Flynn enlisted for the Union as a private in the Capt. Naylor’s Company, the Harris Light Cavalry — which later became the 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment — in Lafayette.

According to the family records, he served until June 1863 and received a bounty before rejoining the same company in December of the same year. An undated article from the Morning Journal mentions Flynn and several others receiving medals for bravery for serving in the battle of Gettysburg. He stayed in the army until June 1865 and spent a long stint of time in the hospital, though records don’t indicate whether his illness stemmed from war injuries.

After the war ended in the spring of 1865, Flynn served in different posts in the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization for Union veterans, the records stated. He settled in Lafayette, built a home on Romig Street, and worked for J.B. Felley Hardware store and in the draying business.

The story of Flynn’s death garnered a front-page spot in the Lafayette Daily Courier, according to the records. He, his wife Bridget and son Owen died of asphyxiation while heating their home in January 1899. According to the article, the gas in the stove was turned on and the damper was turned down to keep heat from traveling up the chimney. But the damper’s opening was clogged with soot, which trapped the gas inside. The three were found several days later by Ferguson’s grandfather and police.

In the process of obtaining a new gravestone for Flynn and researching his story, Ferguson said she has learned more about the Civil War than when she was in school. And she looks forward to finding out more.

To read more about this story, visit the Lafayette Journal & Courier website

Farmer’s Institute Cemetery makes a $10,000 restoration investment

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Farmer’s Institute Cemetery Association paid a cemetery restoration company called Stone Huggers to clean, restore, and repair about 50 grave stones.

Source: Farmer’s Institute Cemetery makes a $10,000 restoration investment

2015 Knight of Columbus 5th Annual Charity Car Show

July 11, 2015 – Lafayette, IN 47909. The Knights of Columbus 5th Annual Charity Car Show to benefit Lafayette Central Catholic School Professional Development Fund, will be held at the Central Catholic JR/SR High School, 2410 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909.

Registration opens at 4:00PM, Show and Judging from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Awards 8:00PM to 8:30PM. $15 registration day of event, additional $5 for additional entries. Dash plaque and t-shirt on registration while supplies last.

For more details contact Coordinator Details: Matt Lewis
Email: lafkofccarshow@yahoo.com
Phone: 765-532-6945

Featuring, 50/50 drawing, Raffle, Great Food and Great DJ , Prize Categories: BEST OF SHOW, BEST PAINT, BEST INTERIOR, CHAPLAINS CHOICE, BISHOPS CHOICE, MAYOR’S CHOICE, STOCK 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 00’s; CUSTOM 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 00’s; SPORT COMPACT, TEEN, SHOW TRUCK, 4X4, WORK IN PROGRESS, PRO-STREET, ANTIQUE, LOW RIDER, TRACTOR

http://www.oldcarsonly.com/page/page/192696.htm
http://www.oldride.com/events/2333128.html

2015 Lafayette car show

This Saturday, May 23, 2015, there will be a car show at A&W/Long John Silver restaurant at 2839 Teal Road, in Lafayette, Indiana 47905. 

Registration is from 11AM until 1PM, awards at 4PM. $10 entry, door prizes, and music from Fat Rat DJ. For further information call Chuck on 765-363-0954

2013 Lafayette, IN, Harrison High School Car Show

Seen on May 11th, 2013 at the Oerlikon Fairfield Manufacturing plant parking lot, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Seen at the 3rd Annual Harrison High School car show, held at the  Oerlikon Fairfield Manufacturing plant parking lot, just off of US52, in Lafayette, Indiana, May 11th, 2013. This event was run, by the High School students, to raise money for the Greater Lafayette Honor Flight, that helps veterans visit the memorials, dedicated in their honor, in Washington, DC.

More pictures can be seen on the cjp02.com page for this show