Historic Wells Street bridge in Fort Wayne

Those who enjoy looking at old iron truss bridges will enjoy this. Shown is the quite historic Wells Street bridge across the St. Mary’s River in Fort Wayne near the downtown area. It was originally built in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Akron, Ohio. More precisely it is a Whipple truss bridge. Few bridges of any type built prior to 1900 still exist today. It is a very ornate bridge too. Of course in its early days wagons, buggies and horses used the bridge. Then came the automobile. I also believe one of the streetcar, or trolley lines, used the bridge as well. Fort Wayne had an extensive streetcar system that outlasted many lines elsewhere. The Wells Street bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in about 1982, so it was in service nearly a full 100 years. Today it is used as a pedestrian walkway and the day I took the photo I saw people walking across it. A bridge was built to the west on Fairfield, which replaced the Wells Street bridge. A beautiful slice of the past. There is also an old railroad depot nearby now used as a business.

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Old Wells Street bridge in Fort Wayne.

 

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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