11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Historic Bridges of Indiana
Year Listed: 2002
Threat: Poor Public Policy, Road Construction
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.