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Moore Covered Bridge 14-26-02x


Vintage postcard scan.

Scan by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #165873


This was the last covered bridge in the state of Indiana to be replaced that wasn't destroyed by arson or a storm. An over-sized truck did considerable damage to the bridge in September of 1978. Instead of spending the estimated $28,000 on repairs, the county decided to quickly remove and replace it. The wooden bridge was cut into pieces and burned. The replacement superstructure was placed on the covered bridge abutments.


Lost Smith through truss bridge over Patoka River
Gibson County, Indiana
Removed and replaced
Built in 1876 by William T. Washer, replaced in 1978 after damage from a large truck.
- William T. Washer
Smith through truss
11 panel truss
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.41397, -87.50771   (decimal degrees)
38°24'50" N, 87°30'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/455675/4251869 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-26-02x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 45306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,395)
Built 1876 (137)
Built during 1870s (1,455)
Covered (3,012)
Gibson County, Indiana (112)
Indiana (5,224)
Lost (31,137)
Lost 1978 (85)
Lost during 1970s (1,045)
Replaced by new bridge (21,199)
Smith truss (78)
Through truss (18,554)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,427)
Truss (37,739)
William T. Washer (22)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • October 18, 2020: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 19, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added coordinates, date lost and description of the loss of this bridge.
  • May 19, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Moore Covered Bridge 14-26-02x
Posted October 18, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

I went there today, and looked for a moment to see if I could find the carving stone for the bridge, but I was unfortunately unsuccessful. My guess is that it was probably lost, or crumbled into the creek with the edge of the abutements. Overall, interesting to see the original covered bridge foundation. Wish I could’ve seen the bridge when it was around.

Moore Covered Bridge 14-26-02x
Posted February 4, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes it was! I was 13 and it was actually the first year I became interested in historic bridges. Unfortunately I live(d) in East-Central Indiana about 3-4 hours away and never got to see this one in person. I stopped at the site in 93' and found the current bridge to be sitting on the cut stone abutments from this bridge. I also found a parapet stone with W.T. Washer's name similar to this one from the Wheeling Covered Bridge.

(Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in June 2008)

Moore Covered Bridge 14-26-02x
Posted February 4, 2019, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

A shame it was torn down