7 votes

Hazleton Bridge


2 Pony truss on North end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in October 2007


BH Photo #116529


Street View 


Hazelton Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Former Old US 41 bridge now in a extreme state of decay from abandonment


Through truss bridge over White River on Old US 41 in Hazleton
Hazleton, Knox County, Indiana, and Gibson County, Indiana
Built 1923. Abandoned by the state in 1962. Closed permanently in 1989.
- Stein Construction Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(4)11-panel, riveted Parker through trusses
(4)7-panel, riveted Warren pony trusses
Length of largest span: 195.8 ft.
Total length: 1,988.3 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 7.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Dixie Bee Line Bridge
White River Old US 41 Bridge
Gibson County Bridge #385
Knox County Bridge #235
Long Bridge At Hazleton
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.49028, -87.55000   (decimal degrees)
38°29'25" N, 87°32'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/452034/4260357 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4200257 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2014)
Sufficiency rating: 30 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2020: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • October 16, 2020: New photo from Grant DiDomizio
  • April 11, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 12, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 8, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 29, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 16, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 26, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • May 11, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 29, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • June 11, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added link to November 23rd, 1923 newspaper article on the bridge dedication.
  • June 11, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 24, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 25, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • March 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Approach design
  • March 27, 2010: New photos from James Simmons
  • March 7, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name and Design
  • January 14, 2010: New photo from Joshua Collins
  • May 6, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Name, Location, Builder and Built date
  • February 16, 2009: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • July 5, 2008: New photos from Robert Stephenson



Hazleton Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Mike ! I was thinking about asking you and your wife to Tour Guide the Hazleton with me ! I've been over the Wabash Cannonball in June 2015 but ready to go Again.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Melissa, make sure you go early spring or the poison ivy will get you. Also, you must go in from the south. While your in the area, try to find Long Pond in Gibson. It's by the power plant in Petersburg. Also, Washington Rd near the town of Washington. AND Have you drove the Wabash Cannonball? Yee Ha! Lots of goodies in a small area! Plus lotsa ponies!

Hazleton Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike Daffron, this bridge is on my list for Spring 2019.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted March 29, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

My mom found this postcard. One Helluva Bridge!!!

Hazleton Bridge
Posted December 13, 2015, by Mike Daffron (Daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited this yesterday. I haven't seen it since I was a kid. Loved it! My dad grew up around Hazelton, Giro. My Aunt used to live right in town. My wife loved it. She kept talking about how cool it was. Everyone should see this one. Yay Hazelton Bridge!!!

Hazleton Bridge
Posted August 12, 2015, by Kendra Owen (owen [dot] kendra [at] gmail [dot] com)

As eluded to in an earlier post ... one of the concrete spans of the northern approach has collapsed into the field below. Sooo ... don't try to get to it from the north.

The collapse is only part of the concrete approach ... not the arch spans across the river.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted April 8, 2015, by John Thomas (jrtdat [at] live [dot] com)

In 2001 I took my dad, JP Thomas, to see where some of his family lived. One was the town blacksmith and made parts for the bridge. He bought an engine lathe to make some of the rivets and bolts needed on the bridge. The Thomas family members are now all buried in the local cemetery. Dad told me of the many times the town flooded. The lathe was not used much after the bridge was built. The lathe was slowly covered by mud and silt when the shop was flooded many times. Dad believed it was where the fire station was in 2001.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted December 5, 2013, by Anonymous

Bridge looks extremely dangerous. Some of the supports are corroded all the way through...that means you can't trust ANY of the supports. I wouldn't encourage anyone to walk out on that bridge at this point. It's a gonner. Be safe out there.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted December 4, 2013, by Debbie Mills Williams (Dwilliams [at] cbccrosby [dot] org)

My father, George Edward Mills, was born in Winslow, Ind. in 1928. In the late 1940's or 1950's, he flew an open cock pit small plane under this bridge successfully, with only a small span allowance. It was on the radio news in Princeton. The police were looking for him, but he was able to evade them. All my relatives still talk about what a crazy feat that was. I wish I could meet someone who remembers.


Hazleton Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by Alex Wood (illinoiscentral8733 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I discovered this bridge when I took my first vacation to northern Tennessee in 2006. Due to the parallel CSX Transportation railroad tracks, I had thought this was their railroad bridge for a few years...until I noticed one journey through there that a span had fallen on the approach. Seeing months later that the span had not been repaired, I began questioning my belief that it was a railroad structure. I finally looked it up on satalite to find it was indeed a highway bridge, and that CSX's truss bridge was due east about 1/2 mile. This struck curiosity. So I made a journey over there late last year on my way back to Illinois for a vacation. Since then the bridge has become a place of solitude for me. A great place to sit and think, watching the gentle waters of the White River. After 300 some miles of travel, and about 100 more to go, its a very nice break. I too wish to see it preserved, however, its about beyond that point. I'm generally pretty careful walking on it, however it seems fairly sturdy for pedestrians. In any case, its a relaxing place, I will visit until one can't visit it anymore. I've shot some pictures that I have included, enjoy.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted March 27, 2010, by James Simmons

Talked to a local resident. Its not going anywhere any time soon.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted October 20, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A real shame.....but not a surprise!

It's been going downhill for some time now.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted October 20, 2009, by James simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

Just got word through the newspaper today, that the Knox County commissioner is starting to get the wheels turning to have the bridge torn down.

Hazleton Bridge
Posted July 28, 2009, by James R Griffin (jgriffinwylie [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember driving across this old bridge back when I was in college in the 1980's. If I remember, the bridge was closed to traffic after a fatality accident as a result of steel beams placed across both approaches. It is quite a sight to view this bridge from the current US 41 bridge as it provides a great picture of just how big this bridge is.

White River Old US 41 Bridge
Posted November 28, 2008, by Brian (Bschutter [at] Juno [dot] com)

Drove by yesterday on my way to priceton, and seen one of the spans has fallen, might have been from the floods earlier this year

White River Old US 41 Bridge
Posted September 13, 2007, by Anonymous

This bridge was actually built ca1923. It has at least four Parker spans with two pony approach spans on the south side and on the north I'm not sure because I didn't walk it. It is an incredibly neat bridge with some length. This would be a great bridge to restore and preserve. It would be a shame to let it go too far gone.

White River Old US 41 Bridge
Posted December 9, 2006, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'll bet this bridge was built many years earlier than 1945 because it is rather narrow and such. It is indeed an impressive bridge and hope it can be preserved.

White River Old US 41 Bridge
Posted November 5, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge has been closed for over 20 years now, but fun to walk across.