Truss shadows

Bridge on Prince William Road
Xenia Bridge, Carroll County, Indiana
Bridge at IMA
Big Jim Bridge, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Barrel shot
Piano Factory Bridge, St. Charles, Illinois
Dicks Road Bridge
Dicks Road Bridge, Putnam County, Indiana
Medora Covered Bridge
Medora Covered Bridge, Medora, Indiana
Bridge at Devil's Elbow
Devil’s Elbow Bridge, Pulaski County, Missouri
The bridge on Holliday Road
O’Neal Bridge, Boone County, Indiana
Spencer bridge
Johnson Creek Bridge, Lawrence County, Missouri
Bridge on State Road 225
Jewettsport Ford Bridge, Tippecanoe County, Indiana


16 responses to “Truss shadows”

  1. Stuart Templeton Avatar

    There’s something very ‘American’ about that style of bridge, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them anywhere else – brilliant pieces of engineering.

    Great shots, I don’t think I’d want to WALK across the Medora bridge, let alone drive it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Our roadscapes used to overflow with truss bridges. We’ve lost so many! It’s worth documenting those that remain.

      1. Stuart Templeton Avatar

        i fully agree – one of the wonderful things about photography is the ability to document what’s around us before it vanishes!

  2. peggy Avatar

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane (no pun intended). As Stuart Templeton says, these icons of the 20th century are very American. Thank you for documenting them in your corner of the world, and doing so with a keen photographic eye.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  3. Theron Avatar

    My favorite is definitely the O’Neal. Love the artistic little sunburst thingies (?) in the corner braces.

    I find it interesting that, unlike here in Oklahoma, your Indiana bridges have fresh paint and seem to be in good repair. All of ours are rusty and show damage from tall load truck strikes on the front cross beams.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Here’s one Oklahoma truss bridge I’ve driven that is in good cosmetic condition:

      We have plenty of damaged bridges in Indiana too – including, sadly now, the O’Neal:

  4. Mike Connealy Avatar

    That’s a great collection of truss bridges. Always fun to play with their shadows. We have some nice ones in New Mexico including the Rio Puerco bridge not far up Route 66 from us.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      One day I’ll finish driving 66 and see for myself!

  5. DougD Avatar

    Fun stuff, I do like riveted truss bridges. There are some pretty cool videos online of how it’s done.

    I only see a plaque on the Jewettsport bridge, too bad because I always like to see who built the bridge (and where the beams were rolled).

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I often forget to look for the plaques when I’m photographing an old bridge. I don’t know why! It’s good info to document.

  6. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Fantastic shots there! :) Those are always fun to photograph :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes! I like to stop and photograph pretty much every old bridge I come across.

  7. Erika Whitfield Avatar

    Thank you for the interesting photos and blog posts. Awesome bridge shots, too!

  8. nataliesmartfilmphotography Avatar

    Great bridge shots 👍

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you!

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