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Milton Bridge


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

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BH Photo #477573


Flooding in 1897 washed the bridge off of it's abutments. IBCo was apparently summonsed back to raise the bridge and rebuild it.


Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Laughery Creek on IN 262
Dearborn County, Indiana, and Ohio County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1894; Rebuilt and raised 1897; Replaced 1985
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
11-panel, pinned Camelback through truss
(2)3-panel, riveted Warren pony trusses
Length of largest span: 165.5 ft.
Total length: 261.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Also called
Old SR 262-Laughery Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98103, -85.01355   (decimal degrees)
38°58'52" N, 85°00'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/672063/4316548 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90118 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
  • August 2, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
  • July 31, 2020: Added



Milton Bridge
Posted September 30, 2020, by Eric (Egrote [at] fecheliports [dot] com)

Grew up about a half mile from this gem. Yes one of the old mills was still standing and demolished around the same time in mid 80ís. To bad bridge was not left for pedestrian use.

Milton Bridge
Posted August 1, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Yes, I can remember seeing in the George Gould book a JJ Daniels covered bridge listed at Milton built in like the late 1850s. For years I was like,"What?" Because I thought he was in Parke County. Then years later I read about how Daniels was from Ohio. He must have stopped at Milton before moving to Rockville.

Milton Bridge
Posted August 1, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I really like photo # 2. The deck is great

Milton Bridge
Posted July 31, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe this bridge replaced the first covered bridge to be built in Indiana by J.J. Daniel's. He would go on to become one of Indiana's "Big 3".

Milton Bridge
Posted July 31, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Thanks to whoever added this bridge. My mom said there was an old mill next to this one, but did not remember what kind of bridge was there. Wow! a neat Camelback with pony approaches once existed. I don't know if the mill just collapsed or was torn down at the same time the bridge was. The new bridge is a long viaduct style off to the east. Long ago my late grandpa said he remembered in Friendship there was a covered bridge that he saw get replaced by a metal truss, then the metal was replaced too.