Old 1950s era photo of Cutler covered bridge.
BH Photo #175745
The first was covered bridge on this site may have utilized a Howe Truss, was 150 feet long, or 170 feet including the 10-foot overhang at each end. This structure was built in about 1872 and had a short life as it was washed out in 1876. Its quick replacement seems to have generated some confusion, for example it may have been 155 feet long without an overhang, but I believe it was built by the Indianapolis Bridge Company. This first Cutler Covered Bridge was listed as #14-08-03 in the World Guide (according to G. Gould's 1977 list).
The second covered bridge built on this site was listed by Gould as potentially being a single span structure utilizing the Howe Truss, however, the photo by Bryan Ketcham clearly shows an arch and he further noted that the structure had a 10-foot overhang on each end, which is a characteristic of a Burr Arch. Having a length of 150 feet, or 170 feet including the overhangs, with a portal clearance 17 feet wide by 14 feet high, this Cutler Covered Bridge was built in 1876 by W. W Winslow and listed in the World Guide (according to G. Gould's 1977 list) as #14-08-04 and lost in 1952
*1876 bridge was possibly a rebuild of the damaged 1872 structure.