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Second Street Bridge



Date unknown


BH Photo #192488



Lost Through truss bridge over East Fork White River on Second Street in Columbus
Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1884
Iron Pin-connected Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19967, -85.92622   (decimal degrees)
39°11'59" N, 85°55'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/592719/4339483 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47609 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,102)
Bartholomew County, Indiana (69)
Built 1884 (167)
Built during 1880s (1,882)
Columbus, Indiana (22)
Indiana (4,676)
Lost (23,098)
Replaced by new bridge (15,398)
Through truss (14,416)
Truss (31,754)
Whipple truss (351)

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 18, 2011: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • January 10, 2011: Added by Jacob P. Bernard


  • Jacob P. Bernard


Second Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is actually a small waterfall there J.P. Not sure if it is natural or possibly a man-made dam from an old mill site.

You can see it on the satellite view.

Second Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2011, by J.P.

I might be seeing things, but looking at photo four it looks as if the river is being held back from the collapsed span. But the water looks like its higher under the closest span and after you get past the stone pier it seems it drops off, like a artificial dam is there.

Second Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It appears in photo #4 that the center span collapsed for some reason. There is no equipment around to indicate a planned removal, and likely this picture was taken after the calamity occurred. I believe this structure was replaced with a concrete arch bridge, but am not sure of the date.

This bridge featured some very interesting portals with unusually shaped finials. The Morse Bridge Company comes to mind with this type of portal, although P.E. Lane and a few other firms occasionally used this pediment shape. The triangular-shaped plaque at the top resembles one from the Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Works.