single frame: Gazebo

Abandoned bridge on Old SR 37

Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA

My old friend Dawn and I made our annual road trip recently. We tried to tour the old alignments of State Road 37 between Indianapolis and Bloomington. But from a bit south of Martinsville we were stymied: SR 37 was actively being reconstructed to become I-69, and the old alignments were no longer reachable.

The last old alignment before the construction zone includes this 1925 pony-truss bridge over Indian Creek. On earlier tours of this road I was able to drive across this bridge, but it is now closed and slated for demolition. Sad, sad face. I’ll share more photos in an upcoming post.


2 responses to “single frame: Gazebo”

  1. DougD Avatar

    Sad about the bridge. Love those hot driven rivets. My other favorite thing about old steel bridges is reading the rolling marks on the beams to see where they were made.

    Many years ago I checked out the Tate museum of modern art in London, which is in a repurposed power generating station. Everyone was looking at the steel sculpture in the hall, which was made of romanian steel, but I was checking out the building beams. Engineer art :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve found those marks on bridges before. Always interesting.

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