Trails in Indiana

Cole Bike Pedestrian Bridge Connects the City of Logansport

 Sunny, 70 degree weather welcomed visitors to the ribbon cutting at the north end of Riverside Park in Logansport, Indiana for the Cole Pedestrian Bridge.
Friday, July 18, made official the connection between the River Bluff Trail and the Eel River Run Trails in Logansport, Indiana.


 


The prefabricated black and steel walkway stretches 377.5 feet across the Eel River to the Logansport Memorial Hospital’s 1.1 mile River Bluff Trail. The River Bluff connects then to Huston Park and the 35 acre Hervey Preserve and labyrinth on the north side of the river.
Grateful acknowledgements to Milt and Jean Cole and their family were followed by recognition of Mercedes Brugh whose inspiration and perseverance led to the development of the Eel River Trail and this newest amenity. Milt Cole provided more than the 20% matching funds for the bridge built with an additional 1.2 million dollar Transportation Enhancement grant. A plaque in the bridge commemorates Milt and Jean.

Interviewed by the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, Mercedes had this bit of history to add.


“When we first got married we lived in an apartment where our bedroom window overlooked the river. Every day the river would change. Every morning I’d sit up in the bed and look out the window wondering ‘What’s the river doing today?’ …I want other people to love the rivers… having trails is a way to get other people to know the river and to love the river…and to help protect and preserve it.”
“Logansport grew from where two rivers joined. The personality of the rivers is different.”


A bikeway also connects the Eel River Trail to the Little Turtle Trail beside the Wabash River along 4th Street in Logansport. Future plans include a bridge over the Wabash and an expanded bike and pedestrian trail connecting the rivers, according to Park Director Jan Hawley.
Preserved and connected now for old and young, rich and poor, and the handicapped of all cultures, its river heritage has opened even further for residents of Cass County and the world to observe and learn to love the rivers of Logansport, Indiana along the paths of the Eel and Wabash Rivers.

Article by Mario Vian