Tulip Trestle

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County Road 480 E, Bloomfield, IN 47424
812-277-9778

Located east of Bloomfield and west of Solsberry near the community of Tulip, the 2,307 feet long and 157 feet tall steel-girded railroad trestle is one the longest of this type of bridge in the world still in use today by the Indiana Railroad Company.  The Tulip Trestle, locally known as the Viaduct, but officially identified as “Bridge X75-6”, was built in 1906 stretching from hill to hill across the beautiful Richland Creek Valley making it the most memorable structure in one of the most scenic areas of the county.  Construction was directed by Archibald Stuart Baldwin and completed primarily by immigrant Italian laborers hired by the Strobel Construction Company.  The 2700 pound steel frame consists of seventeen 75-ft. deck-plate girder spans alternating with eighteen 40-ft. girder tower spans, as well as two 50-ft. spans at the west end and two 60-ft. and two 45-ft. spans at the east made in Chicago by the American Bridge Companyand then shipped via the Monon Railroad.  The total cost of the project was $246,504, which today would equal over $20 million.  While not necessarily appealing to the eyes, graffiti has littered the structure helping to preserve it with the most well-known being “MICHELLE WILL YOU MARRY ME?” in the middle of trestle under the tracks, which no one knows for sure whether or not she said yes or if the man survived his escapade.

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