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Indiana Bridge Quest #6: Liberty Mills

A cache by SixDogTeam Lead Dog & Patrick) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 3/5/2005
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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PATRICK says " Please Post some photos so we can see the river in all four seasons"

This series of geocaches will take you on a tour of Indiana's vanishing Historic Bridges--Covered, Iron, and Railroad. Iron bridges are being demolished at a furious rate. For example, in Huntington County in 1987, there were 14 iron bridges; by 1999 the number had fallen to 8. Now it is 4. Similar, or worse statistics for some surrounding counties, 1987 vs. 1999:

Allen: 31 -- 8
LaGrange: 10 -- 1
DeKalb: 9 --4

And these numbers are now five years out of date.

Between 1870 and 1900 and on into the twentieth century bridges began to be made of metal instead of wood. They were constructed of wrought iron (later steel) in bridge foundaries and transported to sites in pieces for final assembly. Most of Indiana's earliest bridges were fabricated in Ohio and Pennsylvania. By the 1880's Indiana bridge companies were formed. The ungainly skeletal frames of Iron Bridges soon dominated American roads and have become, for some of us, a beloved and valuable part of the cultural landscape. So, come with us to see them before they disappear forever!


Well, folks, we've done the four Iron River Bridges in Huntington County, one over the Wabash, one over the Salamonie, one over the Little River and one over Eight Mile Creek. So now we move on to Wabash County. This quest will take you to the Iron Bridge over the Eel River by Patrick's Bend at Liberty Mills. It is a single span Pratt Through Truss, one lane and No Trucks! I don't know when or by whom it was built, but there has been a bridge at this location since before Columbus... Ask the Injuns! Happy Hunting!

You do NOT have to stand on the road bed of the bridge to search for or retrieve the cache container.Be VERY careful. DO NOT JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE HEADFIRST INTO THE WATER. Park with care. Don't wander off into the adjacent woods, they're posted. The container is a a black plastic micro. HINT IS NOT A SPOILER. God Bless our Troops fighting overseas to free the world from the Terrorism of the Mindless Cretins of Darkness. Have you tied a yellow ribbon around your young oak tree?

DON'T BE FOOLED BY CHEAP IMITATIONS!! None genuine without SixDogTeam seal. 35mm photographs taken by Lead Dog, copyright 2005 by RikSu Outfitters unless otherwise noted. (Photos taken with 1970 Mamiya-Sekor 500DTL SLR) We are the SixDogTeam and we approve of this cache.

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