Luten bridge

Restored Luten bridge on the National Road at Reelsville, Indiana
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The National Road and US 40 has been moved around several times near Reelsville in Putnam County, Indiana. Big Walnut Creek flows through here. As various bridges have come and gone, sometimes the road was moved. I sorted out the whole history in this post.

I say this bridge is on the National Road. It is, in that this was an alignment of that road used from 1875 to 1923. But this is not a National Road bridge, as it was not built until 1929. By this time, the National Road had become US 40, and US 40 had been realigned to a new road a quarter mile to the south.

This bridge was designed by Daniel Luten, whose pioneering design for concrete-arch bridges is patented. That’s why this bridge was restored in place after a new bridge was built next to it (in about 2006). If you can find a place to park, you can walk out onto this old bridge.

It’s remarkable to me that this old bridge out in the country was saved. Also notice the pitch of the new bridge. Its construction eliminated a wicked hill.

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6 responses to “single frame: Restored Luten bridge on the National Road at Reelsville, Indiana”

  1. J P Avatar

    Wow, I don’t think I have seen a highway bridge get restored when it has no use at all.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m pretty sure this one got it because it’s a Luten bridge, and those are historically significant.

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  3. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    It would be great for a pedestrian/bike route, but it doesn’t really look like that sort of area.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s pretty out there to be on any sort of ped route. Very rural.

  4. Read.Count.Craft Avatar

    It’s contradictory, the bridge vs rural. I cann’t think of the word i need..An articficial juxtaposed with natural…very nice.

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