Dunns Bridge, Indiana

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Dunns Bridge, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Dunns Bridge is located in Indiana
Dunns Bridge
Dunns Bridge
Dunns Bridge is located in the US
Dunns Bridge
Dunns Bridge
Coordinates: 41°13′10″N 86°58′09″W / 41.21944°N 86.96917°W / 41.21944; -86.96917Coordinates: 41°13′10″N 86°58′09″W / 41.21944°N 86.96917°W / 41.21944; -86.96917
Country United States
State Indiana
County Jasper
Township Kankakee
Elevation 659 ft (201 m)
ZIP code 46347
FIPS code 18-19144[1]
GNIS feature ID 433800[2]

Dunns Bridge is an unincorporated community in Kankakee Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. It sits along the Kankakee River at the south end of two bridges over the river, connecting Jasper and Porter counties. The historic Dunns Bridge lies just west of a modern bridge that carries Porter County Road 500 East and Jasper County Road 400 East over the Kankakee.

The bridge and community are 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the town of Kouts and 6 miles (10 km) northeast of the town of Wheatfield.

Historic bridge[edit]

Dunns Bridge.jpg

Dunns Bridge is located at 41°13′10″N 86°58′09″W / 41.21944°N 86.96917°W / 41.21944; -86.96917. The bridge is rumored to be built at least partially from materials obtained from the original Ferris wheel at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The current maintainers of the bridge, the Porter County Parks Department, state only that it is "built from parts of a building from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair."[3] Upon a cursory look at the lack of parallelness of the tops of the arches (flattening), the Ferris Wheel heritage is impossible. More likely, the arches may have been salvaged from a building at that exposition and the general similarity to a wheel was noted and the misinformation took root as legend.

There are four small sections, two at each end, that appear to be ornamental. These smaller sections have the right radius for a ferris wheel. The radius and arch shape match that of Machinery Hall or Electricity Hall from the Exposition. Machinery Hall burned and the steel was sold as scrap at about the time the bridge was built.

The bridge was renovated in 2003, winning a state award for the engineering work involved.[4]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Dunns Bridge, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  3. ^ White City Legacy: the legend of Dunn's Bridge. North Judson Wayne Township Public Library. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  4. ^ Dunn's Bridge restoration wins state engineering award. The Chesterton Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2008