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Shelbyville Railroad or Cave or Geneva (relocated), Shelby County

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Inventory Number: IN/14-73-05x
County: Shelby County
Township: Washington
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Shelbyville Railroad or Cave or Geneva (relocated)
Crosses: Flatrock River
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Built: c1854 (M1877)
Builder: Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Lafayette Railroad
When Lost: 1940
Cause: Removed
Latitude: N39 23.66
Longitude: W085 45.47
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Directions: 2 miles west of Geneva on East Vandalia Rd. 21-11N-7E.

Shelbyville Railroad or Cave or Geneva Bridge (relocated), Shelby County, IN Built c1854 (1877) Removed 1940
M.L. Davies Collection, c1940, Courtesy County History Preservation Society


Shelbyville Railroad or Cave or Geneva Bridge, Shelby County, IN Built c1854 (M1877) Removed 1940
Todd Clark Collection


Shelbyville Railroad or Cave or Geneva Bridge, Washington, Shelby County, IN Built c1854 (M1877) Removed 1940
Todd Clark Collection

Comments:
Around 1854 the Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette Railroad built this bridge across the Big Blue River at Shelbyville. In 1877 the structure was purchased from the railroad by the county and moved to its final location just west of Flat Rock Cave and a few miles east of Lewis Creek, on or near where State Road 9 crosses Flat Rock River; because of its proximity to Flat Rock Cave this double span structure became known simply as Cave Covered Bridge. The Cave Covered Bridge was lost in 1940 when State Road 9 was relocated.
Sources:
Gould, George E.. Indiana's Covered Bridges Thru the Years, 1977
County History Preservation Society. Covered Bridges of Indiana, 2002, http://www.countyhistory.com/coveredbridge/shelby5.htm
Indiana Covered Bridge Society. Indiana Covered Bridge Society Newsletter, Volume 6, number 2, April 1969, page 4

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