Nostalgic Bridges Across Indianapolis

There are numerous engaging bridges in Indianapolis and near by areas, many in Marion County. Many of the Indianapolis bridges are historically significant, while others appeal to the visitor’s sense of architecture and Americana.

Astronaut David Wolf Bridge

The David Wolf Bridge was completed in 1941 and stretches over the White River in Indianapolis. Originally the David Wolf Bridge was built for the WW2 as a method to transport military equipment and personnel. Its design is a Parker through truss bridge which is the oldest kind of modern bridge. This type includes steel polygonal structures on each side and connects at the apex. In 1980 the bridge was rehabilitated, and then named after the astronaut and Indianapolis resident David Wolf. The bridge was again remodeled in 2008 and is still open to traffic to this date.

Capitol Avenue Bridge

The Capitol Avenue Bridge is a concrete Indianapolis bridge that was built in 1911, but a severe flood required it to be all but rebuilt in 1915. The Capitol Avenue Bridge is among the Fall Creek Parkway Indianapolis bridges, which are a grouping of bridges built in Fall Creek Park in Indianapolis. The type of the bridge is a classic closed-spandrel arch bridge and is still open to traffic today.

Nowland Avenue Bridge

The Nowland Avenue Bridge is a stone bridge that was built in 1902. The bridge is a stone arch style and resides over Pogue’s Run on Nowland Avenue. Nowland Avenue Bridge is one of the many bridges in Indianapolis which is currently closed to traffic due to age. Even though Nowland Avenue Bridge is closed to traffic it continues to be a very popular sightseeing destination due to the length of time that bridge itself has been around.

Garfield Park Conservatory Bridge

The Garfield Bridge is another concrete arch bridge that was erected in Garfield Park. Garfield Park is on the renowned list of National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was constructed in 1907 and remains open to foot traffic, averaging over 700 visitors every day.

Indianapolis Museum of Art East Bridge

This bridge was was initially an old rail bed deserted in the 1930’s. Originally it was built to be a part of Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Firm's line from Indianapolis to Lafayette. Later the bridge was adopted as part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Although it is technically included as an exhibit at the museum, it still is still located at its original location so visitors can take in the entire sight of the bridge. The bridge itself is an enormous steel stringer bridge and the bridge is also referred to as the Oldfields Estate East Bridge. The bridge is one of the more characteristic bridges on the list because it happens to be one of the few steel stringer bridges on this list.

Pris Stratton has been interested in the bridges in Indianapolis for many years. She has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more information about Indianapolis bridges, feel free to visit her site.

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