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Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.

Photograph 2004
Whitewater Canal Aqueduct

A distinctively unique covered bridge, the Whitewater Canal Aqueduct was not designed to carry traditional traffic, but to carry water for a canal that carried boat traffic. The 81' aqueduct was necessitated because the canal had to cross over an existing stream, Duck Creek. The canal system was abandoned with the advent of trains, but this section of the Whitewater Canal has been preserved in historical Metamora, Indiana. The Whitewater Canal and aqueduct were acquired in 1946 by the Whitewater Canal Association and the Indiana Department of Conservation. The water for the canal system is channeled from the Whitewater River, a favorite for canoeing enthusiasts.

Built in 1846, the interior of the bridge has a walkway on one side. The bridge is constructed with a multiple kingpost truss encased by a double Burr arch. The lower chords are protected against the canal water by a lining of tin.

The exterior of the bridge is also intriguing. The bridge has a rusty-red tin roof and natural, wood-stained, plank siding. The one side of the bridge that has easy access to Duck Creek, exhibits an exterior wooden walkway. The lower chord, joist and floor beams are also exposed on this side. The bridge has several openings where some of the water pours out into Duck Creek. These openings are there to release excess water from the canal system.

The bridge rests on cut-stone abutments and has a single span. The Whitewater Canal Aqueduct is striking due to its individual character. Its location in Metamora, Indiana also adds a greater historical perspective to the bridge.

Metamora is of historical interest because of the preserved canal and aqueduct, but it also has an operating flour mill powered by a wooden wheel in Lock #25 in the Whitewater Canal. Metamora also operates an old train and a flat boat pulled by horses on the canal during season. Metamora has many gift shops and celebrates our national holidays in grand style with thousands of visitors.

Excerpt from Covered Bridges Today by Brenda Krekeler
 
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
If they don't clean the silt out of the canal each year by dredging, there would not be enough water level to allow the canal boat to float.
As a consequence, the water is lowered. Since this photo was taken in March 2012, the canal waters are virtually dried up.
Here we see where the excess canal water from the aqueduct is draining into Duck Creek.
During season, Metamora runs an historical old Steam Engine on the rail road track next the the aqueduct.
Metamora also offers canal boat rides for visitors.
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
This is the Whitewater Aqueduct, looking east.
Click here to see Google Satellite Image of the aqueduct,
canal and Duck Creek flowing under the covered bridge.
Photograph 2004.
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
Looking west you can see the canal is almost dried out. Once the water has dissipated, the construction will begin and the canal will be dug out to maintain its correctly shaped basin.
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County. Aquaduct.  Covered Bridge with Burr Arch.
This is the interior of the covered bridge / aqueduct. It has a multiple king post truss attached with two Burr arches .
Photograph 2004.
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
2004
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County. Covered Bridges Today by Brenda Krekeler
March 2012
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
March 2012
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
Metamora Aquaduct. Metamora, Indiana. Franklin County.
March 2012
The next three photographs are from 1986. They are from Covered Bridges Today.
This is an exciting photo because it is a time-lapse. You can see the canal is flowing through the covered bridge. The water is flowing east which from this perspective is to your left. Nice Burr arch there supporting the multiple kingpost truss.
Whitewater Canal Aqueduct. Metamora, Indiana.  Covered Bridges Today by Brenda Krekeler
Again, from 1986, this perspective is from the north side of the bridge. Duck Creek meanders from north to south through this region and drains into the Whitewater River.
The water spilling out through the aqueduct keeps the water's level necessary to support and maintain the canal.
If you are visiting Metamora's Mill and aqueduct, take a moment to drive east on Route 52.
About 1/2 mile you will discover the historically preserved part of history, Lock #24.

Covered Bridges Today by Brenda Krekeler
 

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