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Guilford Red Bridge


View from a distance

Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #102747



Here's a link to a video I recently produced about the history of the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7RuwM2b0yo

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The idea that this span ever carried a railroad is highly debatable. It's more feasible that a railroad bridge once existed here, on the pre-1900 cut stone abutments. This bridge wasn't heavy or tall enough to have carried post-1900 trains. The design features resemble some other bridges built by the Brookville Bridge Company.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Tanners Creek on Collier Ridge Road near Guilford
Dearborn County, Indiana
No longer exists
Built ca. 1920
- Brookville Bridge Co. of Brookville, Ohio (Possible Fabricator)
- Cincinnati, Indianapolis & Western Railroad (CIWN)
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 135.4 ft.
Total length: 139.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old County Bridge #55
Collier Ridge Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16944, -84.92972   (decimal degrees)
39°10'10" N, 84°55'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/678848/4337621 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1500050 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16007 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2013)
Sufficiency rating: 9.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2022: New video from Satolli Glassmeyer
  • June 15, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added RR info
  • September 21, 2014: Updated by Chris Wanninger: Bridge has been removed
  • October 3, 2011: New photo from Chris Wanninger
  • November 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • October 28, 2009: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 8, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell



Guilford Red Bridge
Posted June 15, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Stone arch photos are moved.

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted June 15, 2021, by Luke

Satolli's pictures of the nearby arch should be moved to the page he made for it: https://bridgehunter.com/in/dearborn/bh93430/

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

For the many saves Dearborn County has made, they dropped the ball on this one!

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Chris Wanninger

Here's a link to a small article with some pictures. Scroll to page 3.http://www.thebrightbeaconindiana.com/Oct2014Beacon.pdf

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted February 3, 2010, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

This is actually the old railroad bridge before the railroad was realigned back in the 1920's. This bridge is scheduled to be bypassed and then removed as soon as the county finds the money. The engineer told me that if someone is interested in buying the bridge after it has been bypassed, they are open to the idea.

As you come down the hill on Collier Ridge Road look to the right of the bridge and you will see a driveway on an embankment leading back to the right. This was the old rail road bed. Along this section you will see a small stone arch bridge used by the railroad. To the left of the bridge is Bonnell Road which was the railroad bed before it was realigned.

After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Bonnell Road. Travel 4/10 of a mile and you will go under a large concrete railroad trestle. Immediately after going under the railroad trestle, (3909.857N 8455.426W) look to your right down near the creek and you will see a large stone bridge abutment on either side of the creek. This was the location of the original railroad line which crossed the creek at this location.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted October 6, 2008, by Don (sega65 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I also found a couple of railroad underpass arches out around this bridge.

In this first picture I was mainly taking a picture of the road slide area. But a railroad arch bridge can be seen in the background.

The second and third picture is of the same bridge. The fourth and fifth picture are both different bridges.

Guilford Red Bridge
Posted October 6, 2008, by Don (sega65 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are a few pictures of the bridge that I took today.