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Wilson's Bridge


Wilsons Bridge Rehabilitated and Open to Vehicular Traffic

Copyright Paul Brandenburg - August 2008


BH Photo #123010


Wilson's Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over Deer Creek on CR 300 North
Carroll County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1898 by the Lafayette Bridge Co.
- CLR Construction of Vincennes, Indiana (Restoration)
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 113.8 ft.
Total length: 122.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 2001
Also called
Royster Ford Bridge
Wilson Ford Bridge
Carroll County Bridge 121
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.59089, -86.62172   (decimal degrees)
40°35'27" N, 86°37'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/532010/4493412 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0800093 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 01000623 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15888 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 12, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 31, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • September 6, 2008: New photos from Paul Brandenburg
  • June 30, 2008: Updated by Paul Brandenburg
  • June 26, 2008: Updated by Paul Brandenburg: added county bridge number
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photo from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Paul Brandenburg - indianabridges [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Wilsons Bridge
Posted January 11, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I wanted to comment that the fact that two colors were used for the paint on this bridge is indeed unusual in the United States, but is commonplace in the United Kingdom.

A multi-color paint scheme on a truss bridge, often using vibrant colors, brings out the complex detail that makes the bridge type so beautiful.

I recently found a bridge on Google Streetview in England that really shows how a multi-color paint scheme brings out the different parts of the truss, while at the same time not looking gaudy. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=&layer=c&cbll=53.494627,-2.270...

Wilsons Bridge
Posted February 28, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The guardrails stand out nicely in contrast to the rest of the bridge. I wish we could have had the Hays(White) Bridge painted the same way, with a darker color on the rails to make them stand out. Rob and the guys at Bloomfield do a great job.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted February 28, 2009, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

I failed to mention that when we rehabilitated the Wilson bridge that the painting contractor was Bloomfield painters, they did a wonderful job painting this bridge, as they have always done on any of their projects. It was a bit different to paint the two different colors on this bridge, but they turned out wonderful.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted February 25, 2009, by james (www [dot] picoujim [at] comcast [dot] com )

I painted the wilson bridge,and i have to say its a sharp looking bridge! And we enjoyed working with CLR.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

My company, CLR Inc. from Vincennes In. restored the Wilson bridge with the help of nearby Ross Brown, a local Blacksmith. It was a very extensive rehabilitation. The plaques were replicated, we used a small foundry in Indianapolis, Duplicast, and they do a very good job. We patched the bullet holes in the original and then he made copies from it. The wooden floor is supposed to last at least 60 years, which is one of the reasons it was selected, also it was selected because of the many Amish horse and buggies that cross the bridge. At first I didn't think the color was a good choice, but it turned out very good looking. A new roadway was built for the approaches, with drains installed in the roadway to drain water away from behind the abutments, which is obvious by the water draining out from around the abutment in a plastic pipe. The old railing was also replicated and riveted by Ross Brown, and then installed over the new heavier railing that does a better job of protecting the verticals from impact.

The pictures posted are very good, I have many as it was being rehabilitated as well.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted January 14, 2009, by James

Boy I am glad to see this page. Last time I made a trip down that road to check on this bridge, it was finally closed off and barricaded. I had researched and found where it was to be tore down. Really remote and beautiful location and I am overjoyed to see it is restored and back open. Too bad it is icy here at this time as I will be passing by Delphi again tommorrow and will fret that I can't take the time to stop by and see, maybe in the spring when I have time and weather is more conducive perhaps? I have been a fan of this bridge for many many years and want to say thank you for posting the update and pics. James

Wilsons Bridge
Posted September 8, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There are several Lafayette Bridge Co. spans remaining, and many do still have builder plates on them. Often the county road departments would take them down for fear of them falling....you know that dirty word LIABILITY. I have come across them stored in highway garages on some occasions. A good engineering firm that does a rehab the right way will have the plates recast or replicated from a similar span.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted September 8, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Thanks for the info Tom, it is a beautiful bridge very nicely restored.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted September 7, 2008, by Tom (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

There was still an original builder’s plate on the bridge before restoration, but it was full of bullet holes.

I’m going to say that these are reproductions. Very nice ones at that, a detail that is usually overlooked.

Also, the bridge now has a wood floor rather than corrugated steel covered with asphalt as before.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted September 6, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Beautiful restoration,right down to the retention of the original lattice rails over the top of the new ones. Does anyone know if those are the original builders plates ? I see they were missing in the earlier unrestored photo. If they are reproductions they are very good ones.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted July 20, 2008, by RL Bozell (jrbozell45 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sorry for all the misspelling on orignal post - was posting at 2:00am

Wilsons Bridge
Posted July 19, 2008, by RL Bozell (jrbozell45 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge looks completed, new approaches yet to finished and paved as of 07/19/08. Glad to see that it was restored and not replaced as orignally planned.

Wilsons Bridge
Posted October 21, 2006, by Anonymous

great bridge, i love it. thanks for finding it and sending in this photo