Rating:
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Salt Creek Bridge Old SR 158

Photos 

Photo taken by Joshua Collins

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BH Photo #111648

Map 

Description 

This is possibly the oldest remaining iron bridge to be built by the Smith Bridge Company.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Salt Creek on CR 10 South
Location
Lawrence County, Indiana
Status
Bridge removed by a complete act of stupidity and lack of commonsense.
History
Built in 1876 by the Smith Bridge Company
Builder
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Design
pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 97.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Lawrence County Bridge #100
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.85995, -86.53223   (decimal degrees)
38°51'36" N, 86°31'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/540584/4301338 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bedford West
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4700125 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16511 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2006)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
113

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 29, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge number and photos
  • March 4, 2012: Updated by J.P.: updated replacement notes.
  • November 5, 2011: Updated by J.P.: bridge has vanished.
  • November 18, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added verified build date
  • April 11, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • February 2, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • January 14, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 24, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 24, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: builder and changed date

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • 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
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2013, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this shot of the plaque on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spansaver/5717115156/in/photost...

Regards,

Art S.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 4, 2012, by J.P.

Someone on Google+ just told me the fate of this bridge, and sadly it was not the weather or metal thieves. It was the County who removed the bridge.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Never have been able to get the specifics of what happened to this rare bridge...very disappointing.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2012, by J.P.

Its extremely disappointing that this bridge is gone, but just wanted to share this photo that I edited.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted December 26, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO>COM)

Gone, Gone, Gone. I canoed past this bridge today (12-26-11) and she is definitely gone. This was the old alignment of the S.R. 158 located aprox. 500 feet downstream from the present UCEB S.R. 158 Bridge. Salt Creek in this location is very deep and about (100 ft.) as wide as the old bridge used to be. Sad to see it go and now the only Salt Creek bridges of any importance are the Old S.R.37 three-arch concrete and the Old S.R. 450 1 span iron bridge located on private property.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted November 7, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Metal thieves would have left the wood decking.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Tornado knocks it off foundations into river and metal thieves scavenge twisted remains is my guess.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by J.P.

My guess is tornado back in may, but I may be stronger, could be metal thieves strike again.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by Kate Scott (scott425 [at] umn [dot] edu)

I was bridge hunting in Lawrence County today and this bridge unfortunately is no longer there. The abutments remain, and on the southern bank a pile of stone rubble. I can't find any local news stories about demolition or it being destroyed by nature, and it is still listed in the SHAARD database. But its definitely gone. I really would have loved to see it.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2011, by J.P.

If anyone happens to be in that area someone should do a field check

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2011, by J.P.

I can not find anything on it via google, But I did find that there was a strong tornado there back in May. So a possibility it destroyed by that.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2011, by T.M. (apmarino1966 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Mr. Davis is correct. This bridge is gone; all that remained was a pile of timber planks from the old deck. There is no sign of any of the truss and the stone seats were badly ripped up.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wonder if he is confusing this with the Peerless Road Bridge that was over Salt Creek and was removed in 2000.

http://bridgehunter.com/in/lawrence/4700058/

Like you said Nathan it was def still there last year...and he said he hadn't been there in a very long time.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Are you sure? I was at the bridge in May 10, 2010 and it was still there. It is buried in the trees and easy to miss. This bridge borders on national significance and it would be very unusual for this bridge to be demolished in Indiana, however if they did this would be an unforgivable sin against humanity.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2011, by Adam Davis (adamrdavis04 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm sad to report that this bridge is now gone. Not sure when it was removed, as I haven't been down there in quite a long time.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted November 18, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nice to finally get a documented construction date for this bridge.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted June 27, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The more I look at this bridge the older I think it is. The whole structure, especially the verticals, are very light. It looks nothing like any other Smith bridges from the 1880's. I would not be surprised if this span is from the 1870's.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted October 16, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The date given for this bridge is incorrect. The Smith Bridge Company was sold and became the Toledo Bridge Company around 1890. This bridge almost surely dates to the late 1880's. I've not seen a plaque like this one on any other bridge.