5 votes

Portersville Bridge


From Rose Island

Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #211104



Portersville Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Camelback through truss bridge over Fourteen Mile Creek on Trail
Charlestown State Park, Indiana, Clark County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians
Built 1912 by the Vincennes Bridge Co, Rehab 1975, Rebuilt in Charlestown State Park in 2011
- Cambria Steel Co. of Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Pinned Camelback Through Truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 359.8 ft.
Also called
Rose Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.42579, -85.62232   (decimal degrees)
38°25'33" N, 85°37'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/620256/4253958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49464 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 24, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from J.P.
  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 2, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • December 27, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Cambria"
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Pin-connected", "One-lane traffic", "Trail"
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added category.
  • September 1, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • August 30, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added "new" name
  • August 30, 2011: Added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Original Location page - This is the original page of the Portersville Bridge on Bridgehunter
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Portersville Bridge
Posted August 29, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is an awesome bridge, and well worth the journey, BUT be prepared for the rough walk back up the very big and steep hill. Not a walk I'd take my parents on.

Portersville Bridge
Posted August 29, 2019, by Amanda wells (lonmanwells [at] gmail [dot] com)

So glad to see this restored.I crossed over it many times as a child traveling to jasper,indiana.Can't wait to see it in its new home.awesome👍

Portersville Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great to see this bridge! I'm sure we traveled this a lot when I was a kid, but I don't remember it.

Portersville Bridge
Posted August 30, 2011, by J.P.

I would agree very much. I work in a youth group and I'm curious if any of them know the names of the kids who did that.

Portersville Bridge
Posted August 30, 2011, by Todd (mrwalk11 [at] hothail [dot] com)

Wouldn't it be nice to see juvenile delinquents scrubbing till they cannot scrub no more every trace of paint marker and, or spraypaint from this latest Indiana restoration. Kid work-crews should be considered to used to remove eyesore grafitti they or their hoodlum pals do.

Portersville Bridge
Posted August 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge looks great at it's new home!

Portersville Bridge
Posted August 30, 2011, by J.P.

So what I did here, was added a new page for the new location with a link to the old location page. The bridge is in great shape, but beware, walking down is awesome because its down hill, walking back the hill is extremely steep.