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Archibald Falls Bridge



This bridge is unusual in the fact that the truss spans of the bridge are built by two different construction firms.

Photo taken by James McCray in August 2007


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Archibald Falls bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Archibald Falls Rd (CR 38)
Crawford County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1892
- CLR Construction of Vincennes, Indiana (Restoration)
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
2-span Pratt Through truss
Length of largest span: 89.2 ft.
Total length: 167.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Crawford County Bridge #44
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.14206, -86.40286   (decimal degrees)
38°08'31" N, 86°24'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/552325/4221745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1300035 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15974 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 5, 2021: New photo from Jenise Stewart
  • August 19, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • March 7, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 16, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 1, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 18, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • January 30, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Archibald Falls Bridge
Posted September 6, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Previously a wooden covered bridge, lost one span at a time? That's a quite common answer back east.


Art S.

Archibald Falls Bridge
Posted September 6, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes... And two different fabricators for each span. I haven't been able to unlock this mystery yet but assume there was an issue only 4 years in that required a span of the 1892 structure to be replaced. Another possibility is that both spans were moved in at a later date to replace a much older bridge.

Archibald Falls Bridge
Posted September 6, 2021, by Jenise Stewart

Two different dates?