5 votes

Big Slough Bridge


Oblique looking SE

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in September 2011


BH Photo #213763


Street View 


Big Slough Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Originally erected over Big Slough on CR 700N, this bridge was moved intact by the county to land owned by the Historical Society. It has apparently sat here for over 20 years now, and unknown what the future plans are for it.


Pratt pony truss sitting on dry land at the Bartholomew County Historical Society's Henry Breeding Farm
Bartholomew County, Indiana
In storage on dry land
Future prospects
Has been here since it was replaced in 1989, stored for possible reuse.
Built ca.1900 over Big Slough on CR 700N; moved in 1989 to Historical Society land off of CR 100W
Pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 57.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Bartholomew County Bridge #147 (Former)
Historical Society Breeding Farm Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32661, -85.93894   (decimal degrees)
39°19'36" N, 85°56'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/591456/4353558 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48179 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Bartholomew County, Indiana (69)
Built during 1900s (6,792)
Closed (2,570)
Have street view (25,405)
In storage (169)
Indiana (4,625)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Owned by county (20,051)
Pin-connected (3,697)
Pony truss (15,695)
Pratt pony truss (3,476)
Pratt truss (8,741)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,601)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,974)
Truss (31,227)
Wooden deck (6,003)

Update Log 

  • July 20, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 19, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 5, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck"
  • September 16, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 18, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added known information about this bridge that J.P. found via satellite imagery.
  • February 18, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Big Slough Bridge
Posted October 5, 2013, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Saw it today when we were driving past on I-65 - so it's still there.

Big Slough Bridge
Posted February 18, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice eagle eye there J.P.!

I have updated this page with the information about this span that has been sitting here since 1989. It was originally County Bridge #147 over Big Slough on CR 700N.

This bridge is on a list of spans that Dr. Jim Cooper and myself have been working on for Indiana Landmarks Foundation. Good to know that as of the last satellite imagery it was still extant!

Farm Bridge
Posted February 18, 2011, by J.P.

Not really sure about this bridge, i know you can see it clearly from northbound 65. But I believe its pin connected and had some lattice railings. I have never really had time to stop by this bridge. Its sitting on land and by what i could tell has had its deck removed. Though i do have a thought that it might be the old CR 800N bridge, which is listed as demolished on SHAARD. Thoughts are welcomed.