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Cook Road Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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Here's a link to a video I recently produced on the Cook Road Bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5O-WtY9ShE


Abandoned plate girder bridge over East Fork Tanners Creek on Cook Road
Dearborn County, Indiana
West end of bridge has dropped into the creek after abutment failure.
Built 1901; Collapsed 2011
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 41.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Also called
Old County Bridge #67
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.20403, -84.92711   (decimal degrees)
39°12'14" N, 84°55'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/678986/4341465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1500062 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 44029 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 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: 90.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 26, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Added bridge collapsed per video
  • April 26, 2022: New video from Satolli Glassmeyer
  • May 9, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • March 17, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info and fixed coordinates.
  • February 6, 2010: Added by Satolli Glassmeyer



Cook Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I hate to inform on this. As of Easter Sunday 4-24 I was riding in a car down SR 1 and looked over and saw the west end of this bridge collapsed into the creek. The east end was still on the abutments though. Sad sight to see if it happened a metal girder bridge much rather than a UCEB. I don't know whether it was abutment failure from rushing water, neglect, or property owners demolition. I remember this bridge was serving Cook Road until the new bridge was built to the south in the 90s. It could have been used by SR1 at some time. I just hope some use can be made with this bridge as a bridge rather than sending it to the scrapyard.

Cook Road Bridge
Posted March 1, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

I believe this bridge is over Slab Camp Creek as The East Fork of Tanners Creek is located just downstream or south of here. I have canoed all of the major streams of Dearborn County (East and West Forks of Tanners Creek, North and South Branches of Hogan Creek, Laughery and Tanners Creeks and Whitewater River). I do not remember paddling under this bridge on the way to the park at Guilford.

Cook Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2010, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

And finally a few more pictures taken January 5th, 2010.

Cook Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2010, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

A few more pictures taken January 3rd & 5th.

Cook Road Bridge
Posted February 6, 2010, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

Although I am unable to find any real proof, I believe that this bridge is part of the original State Route 1 also known as the Lawrenceburg/Brookville Road. After examining the lay of the land north and south of the bridge it's very likely this was the original bridge until it was bypassed when State Route 1 was realigned in the early 1940's.

These pictures were taken on January 3rd & 5th, 2010.