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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We’re Standing Tall

In 2006, the Vermillion County Community Foundation sponsored an art project involving 16 hand painted, 8 feet tall, fiberglass giraffes, on display at various locations in Vermillion County, Indiana.

To quote from an information booklet published at the time to publicize this event:-

Vermillion County, Indiana is home this summer to a unique art project – 16 eight foot tall giraffes decorate the landscape if Indiana’s longest county. Local sponsors and artists from this Western Indiana community have teamed up under the guidance of the Vermillion County Community Foundation to show their pride in being Indiana’s tallest county. The program is being so well received, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Tourism has even re-named State Highway 63 “Giraffe Parkway” in honor of the event.

The Foundation hopes visitors and residents alike will appreciate the giraffes which will be on display through October. Then, on November 5th they will each be auctioned off to the highest bidder to help the Foundation continue its work providing scholarships and grants to programs which showcase the county as a vibrant place to live.

The event is known as :- “Discover Surprises in Vermillion County – We’re Standing Tall”.

For further information and more pictures of these giraffes:- http://www.freewebs.com/colinsplace/giraffes/index.html

John Doe, supposed victim of Larry Eyler, the Highway Murderer

John Doe, Makeever Cemetery

Apparently this John Doe’s remains were found alongside nearby Interstate 65, in the mid 1980’s. His true identity was never discovered, but he is believed to be a victim of the serial killer, known in the media as the Highway Murderer. The emergency personnel, that answered the call to his discovery, raised the money for this headstone and burial. Although this small cemetery, in rural Jasper County, Indiana, near Rennselaer, is closed to new interments, the commissioners donated the plot, and allowed him to be buried here.

The Memorial text reads:-

JOHN DOE

25 TO 26 YEARS OLD

APPROXIMATE DATE

OF DEATH: MARCH 1982

INTERMENT APR. 22, 1986

Makeever Cemetery sign

 

Makeever Cemetery

I found this web page about Larry Eyler and his crimes, while researching this John Doe grave.

Larry Eyler, the Highway Murderer  – Murderpedia

Chicago Tribune article from 2010

 

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Crawfordsville District Public Library: Cemetery Locator

If you are researching Cemeteries and the people buried there, in Montgomery County, Indiana, a useful resource is the Crawfordsville Public Library website Cemetery Locator page:-

via Crawfordsville District Public Library: Cemetery Locator.

Shawnee Bridge, between Warren and Fountain Counties, IN

The Shawnee Bridge, is a through truss bridge, crossing the Wabash River, between Warren and Fountain Counties in Indiana, was built in 1905, by the Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana. It was rehabilitated in 1980. It is a two lane wide bridge, still open to vehicular traffic, but with a 10 feet height restriction. It has a total length of a little over 800 feet, made up of five approximately 160 feet long trusses.

It is located south of the Warren County seat of Williamsport, Indiana, and the small unincorporated town of Portland Arch, which is itself north of the Fountain County seat of Covington, Indiana.

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Bridge Plaque Text:-

1905

Built by
The Attica Bridge Co.
Attica, Indiana.

R.L. Winks E.C. Livengood
Co. Auditor James C. Hall
W.H. Gemmer Ben.R. Gephart
Co. Engineer Co. Commrs.

Bridgehunter page http://bridgehunter.com/in/warren/8600029/

Williamsport is a town in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana, United States. It is the county seat of Warren County and is the largest of the four incorporated towns in the county. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williamsport,_Indiana

Covington is a city in and the county seat of Fountain County, Indiana, United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covington,_Indiana

The Wabash River is a 503-mile-long (810 km) river in the Midwestern United States that flows southwest from northwest Ohio near Fort Recovery across northern Indiana to southern Illinois, where it forms the Illinois-Indiana border before draining into the Ohio River, of which it is the largest northern tributary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_River

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMM168_Shawnee_Bridge_between_Warren_and_Fountain_Counties_IN

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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Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg

Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg, IN

Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg, IN

Indiana Racing Memorial Association Board Members Dick Mittman, Howdy Bell, Mark Eutsler, Brian Hasler and Bob Gates pose in front of the group’s 10th historic marker in Veedersburg. In 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Carl Fisher ordered 3.5 million bricks — 3.2 million of which were installed on the racing surface — from the Wabash Clay Company in Veedersburg at a cost of 13 cents each. The building in which he signed the contract is still standing about a half mile south of the historic marker.  The company delivered the bricks in 63 days. IRMA Co-Founders Eutsler and Hasler are holding a panoramic photo of the company and its workers all of whom are identified. It was a gift to IRMA from the Town of Veedersburg. Following the unveiling a tour of the 22-acre site on which 26 kilns once stood was conducted by current owner Mark Carr.

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