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Pugh Ford Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

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BH Photo #115549

Map 

Video 

Pugh Ford Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Facts 

Overview
Two-span through truss bridge over Flatrock River on CR 900 North
Location
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1911 by the Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co.; rehabilitated 1997
Builders
- Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. of Elkhart, Indiana
- National Concrete Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
- William H. Rights
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 126.6 ft.
Total length: 259.7 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 1999
Also called
County Bridge #73
Pence Bridge
Hoot Owl Hollar Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.33373, -85.86418   (decimal degrees)
39°20'01" N, 85°51'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/597890/4354427 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hope
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300068 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 99001103 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15812 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 47.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
250

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • February 10, 2016: New photo from J.P.
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • December 19, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added county bridge number
  • September 18, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Fixed map
  • April 3, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated builders

Sources 

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

Comments 

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted July 18, 2016, by Tom Hoffman

The wooden deck has been replaced by metal grate. Before the 1997 rehab, the deck was chewed up with boards missing and splinters sticking up probably from speeding and heavy vehicles. Same thing was happening to the new deck.

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted February 20, 2012, by Anonymous

I havent ever heard of this Big Bridge called the " Pugh Ford " bridge until i saw it called that on the website, I have always heard it called the " Pence Bridge " by alot of people in the county . I know a " ford " means to cross water where there is not a bridge at and i dont know of a ford anywhere around where the Big Bridge is at

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted September 18, 2011, by Brad Lain

I had just always thought that the reason that i would hear the Big Bridge called Pence Bridge was because the person's last name was Pence who built this Big Bridge

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted September 18, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When bridges were built long ago, often they replaced a simple Ford in the stream. Often in the commissioner's records of those days the bridge would assume the name of that Ford when it was finished. That is the case with this bridge, which is shown in the records to have replaced a simple crossing known as Pugh Ford. Likely a person by the name of Pugh owned much of the land surrounding the bridge.

I would assume that at a later time someone with the name of Pence might have owned land around the bridge and that some might have referred to it as Pence Bridge.

It is not uncommon for a bridge to have more than one name, and I have seen some with 5 or 6 different ones.

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted September 17, 2011, by Brad Lain

I have never heard of a place called " Pugh Ford " anywhere and so therefore i don't know that a Pugh Ford exists but if it was called something " Ford " bridge --- i would guess it would be Flatrock River Ford Bridge since this is the Flat Rock River that this Big Bridge crosses

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted September 17, 2011, by Brad Lain

I had always thought and heard other people say that the person's last name that built this Big Bridge was Pence and that is why i had always heard this was called the Pence Bridge but i havent ever heard of the Pugh Ford Bridge or this Big Bridge called the Pugh Ford Bridge until i read it on this Website

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted April 5, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pugh Ford IS the researched historic name for this crossing. Pence Bridge is likely a more recent name.

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted April 5, 2011, by Brad Lain

I have heard of this Big Bridge called the Pence Bridge for many years on 900N across the Flat Rock River in German Township In Bartholomew County

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted April 5, 2011, by Brad Lain

Now i have heard of this Big Bridge called the "Hoot Out Hollar" Bridge but i haven't heard of the "Hoot Owl Hollar" Bridge ( there is a difference between out and owl )

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted February 26, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

The bridge is also called ''Hoot Owl Holler Bridge'' per my sit down conversation with Bartholomew County Engineer Danny Hollander in March 2010.

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted February 22, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pugh Ford is the historic name that dates back to the crossing here before the bridge was built. Likely the landowner here at the time was named Pugh.

I added the Pence name as an alternate name, as likely it comes from a more recent landowner.

Pugh Ford Bridge
Posted February 22, 2011, by Anonymous

The only name i have heard for this Big Bridge is called the Pence Bridge, I have never heard of the Pugh Ford Bridge on county road 900N across the Flat Rock River