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Guthrie Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

BH Photo #115534



Lost through truss bridge over Guthrie Creek on CR 1050 East
Lawrence County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1897 by the Lafayette Bridge Co.; Replaced in 2017
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Lawrence County Bridge #54
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.80944, -86.28472   (decimal degrees)
38°48'34" N, 86°17'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/562103/4295873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4700029 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 9, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added new photo
  • August 9, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 29, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge number
  • May 22, 2016: New photos from Tim Wray
  • August 25, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum
  • April 11, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • January 14, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 10, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • December 2, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 24, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder and truss type


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Tim Wray - tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted June 10, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sad news of this loss... The bridge was poorly maintained for decades, but still could have been rehabilitated! A very scenic location has been scarred by a slab of pure ugliness!

Lawrence County fails yet again!

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by B (brandonfatherofmaximus [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been removed now, and replaced with a boring, modern bridge. Great job Lawrence county:/

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted May 22, 2016, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

It has been mentioned in the local paper that this bridge will be replaced in the near future, unfortunately. Visit while you can!

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted August 26, 2014, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

There is an 1898 dated plaque from the Lafayette Bridge Co. Builders on a stone monument in Fayette County Illinois. The Wren Bridge spanned the Kaskaskia River in Carson Township between Twin Churches and Wrights Corner. The bridge is gone, but a monument was erected in July 2006 on the west approach.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted August 25, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well... Supposedly this bridge is to be retained along with the Ft. Ritner Bridge. Both are listed as Non-Select but considering Lawrence County has been reprimanded for demolishing some Select spans, hopefully they will do the right thing with these two.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted August 25, 2014, by TM (apmarino1966 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed. There was concern that the deterioration was advancing more rapidly than expected.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2014, by ArtS
Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by Parker McElhinney (pdme11 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Did some looking around and found that Palestine was located on the North shore of the White River where Palestine Road intersects the river. Apparently that house facing Palestine Road is where the 1818 Courthouse was and should be the location of a stone marker placed in 1968 commemorating that. The piers of a later rail bridge can still be seen on aerial close by too. Bono is just South-Southeast of Tunnelton, several miles East. Guthrie Creek discharges into the White River just East of Palestine and is crossed by a bridge on Tunnelton Road. Presumably, you would leave the Palestine area and head East staying on the North side of the river and cross the Guthrie Creek on what is now Tunnelton Road. While there is some indication of a past crossing over the White at Palestine, getting to Bono from the south shore of the river looks even more challenging than going through Tunnelton

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would love to see it and Ft. Ritner receive a complete (and well deserved) overhaul. This one has some real concerns below the deck.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by J.P.

This bridge could really use a paint Job

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I guess if I would have taken time to do a search...I would have found that the town of Palestine was the first county seat of Lawrence County. This was a short lived term from about 1818 to 1825 before the county seat was moved to Bedford. Nothing of that town remains and I couldn't even find it on a map of any kind. Wikipedia states that it was 4 miles South of Bedford. This seems like it would place the town South of the White River, and if it and Bono were both South of the river then Guthrie Creek wouldn't even come into play.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm not familiar enough with the history of that area to say for sure. I know Bono is of course a Lawrence County town, but the only 2 towns in Indiana with the name Palestine are nowhere in the vicinity. Was there possibly a town by that name which was later renamed?

I wonder if the Tunnelton Road that goes to Bedford would have had a bridge over Guthrie Creek at an early date. That would probably be my first guess.

Guthrie Creek Bridge
Posted January 15, 2012, by Jim Hoffmann (jahoffmann51 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anyone know the present location of the first bridge built in Lawrence County, built over Guthrie Creek in 1819? Supposedly built on the Palestine-Bono road.