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Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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BH Photo #353693



Lost pony truss bridge over Middle Fork Salt Creek on Christiansburg Road at 480S-460E
Brown County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1915; replaced 1994
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 55.1 ft.
Total length: 57.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Also called
Brown County Bridge # 28
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.12778, -86.14194   (decimal degrees)
39°07'40" N, 86°08'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/574167/4331306 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0700020 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38868 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.4 (out of 100)
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Brown County, Indiana (29)
Built 1915 (1,137)
Built during 1910s (8,901)
Indiana (4,222)
Lost (19,365)
Lost 1994 (403)
Lost during 1990s (3,728)
Pony truss (15,174)
Replaced by new bridge (12,814)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,088)
Structurally deficient (18,500)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,596)
Truss (29,787)

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added county Bridge Number
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2011, by Anonymous

I lived on this road from 1985 to 1993 and i never did see anything wrong with the "Big Bridge" that was there snd do therefore i was really surpried that someone would consider taking it out, what i would rather have seen done with the Bridge was to build a temporary bridge across the creek while the County road department widened the bridge from a single lane to a double lane Bridge, But i had read in the Iron Bridge Book at the Bartholomew County Public Library that the bridge was built in 1905 not 1915, I don't know where the 1915 year came from on the screen for the Bridge Picture