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Mt. Carmel Covered Bridge


Mt. Carmel Covered Bridge

Photo from the Richard E. Roy Collection

BH Photo #538498

Street View 


Some of this information may be from lostbridges.org


Lost Long through truss bridge over Big Cedar Creek on Big Cedar Road (SR 252)
Franklin County, Indiana
Collapsed when a truck fell through the deck.
Built in 1870 by Thomas A. Hardman; Lost in 1949 when a truck fell through the deck; Replaced 1950.
- Thomas A. Hardman
Long through truss
Total length: 79.0 ft.
Also called
Palestine Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.41460, -84.90452   (decimal degrees)
39°24'53" N, 84°54'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/680395/4364881 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 100004 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,408)
Built 1870 (194)
Built during 1870s (1,459)
Collapsed (493)
Covered (3,044)
Franklin County, Indiana (86)
Have street view (30,157)
Indiana (5,225)
Long truss (75)
Lost (31,191)
Lost 1949 (90)
Lost during 1940s (625)
Thomas A. Hardman (8)
Through truss (18,592)
Total length 75-100 feet (7,011)
Truss (37,784)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler


  • Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com


Mt. Carmel Covered Bridge
Posted August 9, 2022, by Stewart Edwin Beitler (stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you for your kind words ... I do the best I can and I'm sure I make mistakes from time to time .


Mt. Carmel Covered Bridge
Posted August 8, 2022, by Tom Hoffman

Stewart, I really enjoy getting to see all the photos you find of long lost covered bridges. I live in Indiana and I had the George Gould paperback book from the 70s that had all the current and lost Indiana covered bridges at the time listed in the back. As a not so responsible kid in the 90s, I let the book fall apart and wish I still had it.

As for the Mt Carmel Covered Bridge, back in grade school I had a substitute teacher who I remember said she lived near it and it made lots of racket when driven across. Also she said the bridge collapsed when a heavy truck tried to cross it which you found.