Rating:
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Lost Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in October 2009

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BH Photo #148250

Map 

Video 

Lost Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Laughery Creek on Bells Branch Road
Location
Dearborn County, Indiana, and Ohio County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1916
Builder
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 142.0 ft.
Total length: 146.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Dearborn County Bridge #15 Ohio County Bridge #29
Bells Branch Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.93701, -85.09883   (decimal degrees)
38°56'13" N, 85°05'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/664778/4311504 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bear Branch
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1500014 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15997 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
90

Update Log 

  • September 4, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 19, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 23, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • February 20, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • February 19, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 30, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • October 28, 2009: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 21, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name and truss type

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Mullins
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Lost Bridge
Posted May 30, 2012, by Livingston (tplivings [at] seidata [dot] com)

I live close to the Lost Bridge. The restoration of the bridge is beautiful. It is a peaceful place. A must see if one never has. Living in this area is a little piece of heaven.

Lost Bridge
Posted March 13, 2010, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on March 7, 2010 and was quite pleased with the fine restoration done on the old girl. Some of the Switzerland County people should go see it. Their Markland bridge could look this good rather than being scrapped by the 3 idiots who call themselves county commissioners.

Lost Bridge
Posted February 10, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

SHHHHHH! Don't let the folks in Indiana know that you simply can not refurbish a truss bridge on a rural road that carries less than 100 vehicles per day.

Also don't tell the Hoosiers that if there are two truss bridges in one county, you can consider them common technology and demolish both of them!

Lost Bridge
Posted February 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

So wonderful to see a bridge painted a color such that one can actually see the bridge! I wish a lighter color had been picked for the Triple Whipple Bridge.

Lost Bridge
Posted February 9, 2010, by Don C

Wow it looks like a totally different place! I need to get down there and see it.

Lost Bridge
Posted December 9, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

Really glad to see this bridge restored. It looks great! I have visited this bridge many times. One of my favorites. The area certainly looks different with all the trees gone.

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

The ole' girl doesn't look so "lost" anymore. Beautiful restoration with a colorful paint job. The sway bracing had lots of section loss when I saw it last, good to see it fixed.

Hope to get down there and see her again soon!

Lost Bridge
Posted December 15, 2008, by Mark Gish (mgish [at] seidata [dot] com)

Name plate info on the Ohio County end of the bridge:

1916

BUILT BY

THE OREGONIA BRIDGE CO.

LEBANON,OHIO

LUCIAN S. LOTTON

HENRY KAISER

HENRY BUSHMAN

COMM RS OF OHIO CO.

J.R.ELDER COUNTY AUDITOR.

A.W.KARSTETER ENGINEER.

Name plate info on the Ohio County end of the bridge:

1916

BUILT BY

THE OREGONIA BRIDGE CO.

LEBANON.OHIO

JOHN L. NOLTE

GEO.F.WOLF

FRANK BITTNER

COMM RS DEARBORN COUNTY

H.C.LUTHERBECK CO.AUDITOR

A.W.KARSTETER.CO.ENGR.

H.C. LUTHER

Lost Bridge
Posted October 4, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yep.......the George Street Bridge. The name just escaped my memory before. Yes it was restored probably 15-20 years ago. I don't know where it or the Lost Bridge stand, I just know 2 years ago Dearborn County was seeking proposals from the firm I was with at that time. The Laughery Creek Bridge was definately the #1 priority to be restored. Hopefully the other two will follow soon.

Lost Bridge
Posted October 4, 2008, by Anonymous

Yeah I went down to the Tripple Whipple around the end of August to look at the construction, didn't get any pictures though. When you say Aurora bridge do you mean the George Street Bridge? It's not really in that bad of condition, but I guess it's better to do to work early rather than wait until the bridge is about to fall.

Lost Bridge
Posted October 4, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It has been in the works for a few years, but I honestly don't know where it's at now. They are currently restoring the Triple Whipple(Laughery Creek Bridge), and are also supposed to restore the Aurora Bridge. I'll try to find out more information.

Lost Bridge
Posted October 4, 2008, by Anonymous

That's good to hear, it really is a nice bridge in a very scenic location. Any idea when the work is to begin?

Lost Bridge
Posted October 3, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Don

Thanks for adding pictures of the Lost Bridge. The county has plans to rehab this neat bridge.

Tony

Lost Bridge
Posted October 3, 2008, by Don (sega65 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the bridge today and got some pretty good pictures. Feel free to add these pics to the main description of the bridge.