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Carrollton Covered Bridge


This information about the Carrollton Bridge is from an article written by William C. Smith, President of the Carroll County Historical Society, in the Delphi Journal September 1, 1927.

During 1838 and 1839 a wooden covered bridge was built across the Wabash River where the canal crossed the river at the town of Carrollton, and was called the Carrollton Bridge. A ferry boat was used to cross the river at this point before the bridge was built. This was claimed to be the first permanent bridge across the Wabash River in Indiana. The north abutment of the bridge was a part of the canal lock on the north bank of the river.

A tramroad built along the lower side of the bridge was used by the horses and mules to pull the canal boats across the river. Sometimes they were pulled into the river and drowned when the .current in the river was swift during floods.

At the insistent demand of the citizens of Logansport, a part of the covered bridge was built as a draw bridge so that steamboats might go up the river to Logansport. Only one steamboat used the draw bridge to go up the river, and it was wrecked near Logansport and did not return.

A storm on July 4, 1873 destroyed the covered bridge, and it' was replaced by an iron bridge with five spans.


Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on Carrollton Road
Carroll County, Indiana
Destroyed by severe weather
Built 1838-39; Destroyed by a storm in 1873.
Covered through truss with drawspan.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64840, -86.65697   (decimal degrees)
40°38'54" N, 86°39'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/529002/4499784 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 98504 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,073)
Built 1838 (32)
Built during 1830s (305)
Carroll County, Indiana (104)
Covered (2,773)
Destroyed by storm (79)
Indiana (5,199)
Lost (30,015)
Lost 1873 (8)
Lost during 1870s (100)
Movable (3,157)
Retractable (20)
Through truss (17,876)
Truss (36,781)
Wabash River (133)
Wooden deck (6,211)

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added categories "Wabash River", "Wooden deck"

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