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The Legend of Dunn's Bridge
A little piece of history is rusting away quietly where it has spanned the waters of the Kankakee River for a century. Legend has it that Dunn's Bridge, just north of Tefft, Indiana, is constructed from steel salvaged from one of the late 19th century's most audacious engineering project--the gigantic mechanical wheel designed and constructed by George W. G. Ferris for the 1893 World's Fair. Since 1990 The historical significance of Dunn's Bridge -- and its link to North Judson -- has been recognized, and most importantly, the bridge has been the subject of an award winning restoration.
The Bridge is now in a small county park (mostly fishing access). A new bridge takes traffice across the river, but you may walk on the restored historic bridge. On a sunny day, it's a nice to get out and spend some time along the river.
Updated Nov 1, 2007
Address: Most southern tip of the County (CR 500E)
Baum's Bridge was an early crossing of the Kankakee River, which really means the Kankakee Marsh. When the Miami and Potawatomi Indians lived throughtout northwest Indiana, the marsh was a major impediment to travel. It was a great place to find food, but a terrible place to try and get to the other side. Over time, the locals discovered a few safe routes across the marsh. These crossing used natural gravel beds and sand islands to provide access. Soon, they became regular routes of travel.
When explorers first arrived, they learned from the native's of these crossings. Soon, this particular one was referred to as Potawatomi Ford' Much later, Mr. Eaton arrived and set up a ferry across the main channel and it became 'Eaton's Ferry'. Much later, a bridge was built and Mr. Baum owned the lands where it crossed, so Baum's Bridge entered the vocabulary.
Written Jan 12, 2007
Address: Follow Baum's Bridge south to the River
Once August arrives, the farmers begin looking towards harvest. It won't occur until the end of September or October. Soy Beans and Corn dominate the landscape. Corn will last longer in the field then beans. As corn dries, the husk keeps the seeds in. As Beans dry, the shells begin to pop open and the seed will be on the ground.
Harvesters need low moisture, so you'll find the farmers in the fields later in the day after the dew has gone off, long into the night.
Written Dec 20, 2006