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Lancaster Covered Bridge 14-08-02



Photo taken by Chris Clouser

BH Photo #102694



Covered bridge over Wildcat Creek on CR 500 West
Carroll County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1872 by the Wheelock Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1981; damaged by flooding in 2004, fully rehabilitated and reopened 2006
- Wheelock Bridge Co.
Howe through truss
Span length: 132.9 ft.
Total length: 132.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Carroll County Bridge 18
Beard Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46764, -86.61707   (decimal degrees)
40°28'03" N, 86°37'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/532462/4479732 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0800014 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-08-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 15869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • May 18, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 3, 2008: New photo from Paul Brandenburg
  • April 25, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • April 24, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Clouser


  • Chris Clouser - morpar55 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Paul Brandenburg - indianabridges [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Lancaster Covered Bridge
Posted April 26, 2008, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Here are a few pictures taken shortly after the bridge was reopened. The third picture is of one of the cast iron abutments, the paint was still shiny which made it difficult to get a good shot. I thought it was cool that they managed to save the abutments, one of the best features of this bridge.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Lancaster Covered Bridge
Posted April 26, 2008, by Anonymous

Does anybody have photos of the bridge after reconstruction?

Lancaster Covered Bridge
Posted April 14, 2008, by RLB (jrbozell45 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge rebuilt and open to traffic. Painted red, watch the no tresspassing signs on property adjoining the bridge.

Lancaster Covered Bridge
Posted November 5, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

Bridge is now complete 11/06. New lower chords, new siding, roof, some upper chord replacement, and diagonals. Old cast iron abutments repaired.