11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Historic Bridges of Indiana

Year Listed: 2002
Location: Indiana
Threat: Poor Public Policy, Road Construction

Significance

From 1987 to 1999, poor planning and conflicting interests led to the loss of 62 percent of Indiana's metal bridges built between 1860 and 1930. While communities appreciate the historic value of their bridges, planners often recommend demolition before seeking local input. The end result: historic bridges are being torn down even though rehabilitation is generally cheaper than new construction.