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Harrell's Ford Covered Bridge

Photos 

1916 photo at original location near Oolitic

Indiana Historical Society

BH Photo #445911

Map 

Description 

This bridge was somewhat of a mystery. Originally located South of Oolitic over Salt Creek near the Rawlings Gristmill, it was moved and rebuilt in 1919 to where it stood until it's demise around 1951. The truss was an unusual configuration of a Burr Arch. The flared Kingposts are suggestive of W.T. Washer, but the two-segment arch "sandwiched" between a doubled truss is very unusual. I thought it may have been modified when it was moved but the pic (#1) taken at the original location suggests it wasn't... at least structurally.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Salt Creek on Harold Turner Road
Location
Lawrence County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Moved and rebuilt in 1919; replaced in 1951
Builders
- Robe Dekard (1919 Rebuild)
- Thomas Hillenberg (1919 Rebuild)
- William T. Washer (Possible fabricator)
Design
Double Multiple-Kingpost trusses with a two-segment arch sandwiched between them.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 132.0 ft.
Total length: 138.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.0 ft.
Also called
The Red Covered Bridge
Rawlings Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95218, -86.49375   (decimal degrees)
38°57'08" N, 86°29'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543866/4311591 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2021: New photo from Grant DiDomizio
  • March 30, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com