Tulip Trestle Community Restoration, Inc., also known as the Greene County Viaduct Project, is a community centered organization dedicated to the beautification of the Richland Creek Valley area, preservation of our community's history and celebration of one of the longest train trestles in the world still in use. We are dedicated volunteers relying on generous donations from people like YOU!
At Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc, our mission is to provide our community with a safe place to go, to be able to view the Tulip Trestle and all of its beauty, to gather with friends and family to enjoy this historic wonder of railroad engineering. This is for everyone young and old, for generations to come.
Upgrading the Facilities
If you would like to be a historical part of your community and help us continue to build on and keep this observation deck for generations to come, please contact us, donate or be a part of the organization. We have meetings every month.
The style of the new facility
For future parking,
and sanitation facilities,
Get involved in our community project
Founded in 2015, Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc has made tremendous impact thanks to the help of members and volunteers in the Greene County community. The core of our work lies in the continuous passion and dedication they bring to the range of projects they take part in. Please join them by supporting their efforts to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
ABOUT THE TRESTLE
Located at County Road 480 East, Bloomfield, IN 47424
The Tulip Viaduct is a 2,295-foot (700 m) long railroad bridge (also known as the Greene County Viaduct or Tulip Trestle, and officially designated Bridge X76-6) in Greene County, Indiana, that spans Richland Creek between Solsberry and Tulip
Work on the bridge started on May 22, 1905, when a groundbreaking ceremony was led by Joe Moss. It was finished in December of 1906 and is the longest rail trestle in the United States and the third longest bridge of its kind in the world. It has 18 towers for support.
The original cost of the viaduct was $246,504 which is an estimated $6.2 million in 2012 dollars. This massive structure was built using mostly Italian immigrant laborers. The laborers were paid up to 30 cents an hour, which was considered to be an excellent wage in 1906. The viaduct was constructed by Indianapolis Southern Railway and secretly financed by Illinois Central Railroad. It was built for train travel to transport coal from Greene County mines to large cities, such as Chicago. Passenger trains once traveled across the viaduct, but passenger service was discontinued in 1948.