Harrell's Ford Covered Bridge
1916 photo at original location near Oolitic
Indiana Historical Society
BH Photo #445911
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.
- Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Salt Creek on Harold Turner Road
- Lawrence County, Indiana
- Replaced by a new bridge
- Moved and rebuilt in 1919; replaced in 1951
- - Robe Dekard (1919 Rebuild)
- Thomas Hillenberg (1919 Rebuild)
- William T. Washer (Possible fabricator)
- Double Multiple-Kingpost trusses with a two-segment arch sandwiched between them.
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)
- February 22, 2021: New photo from Grant DiDomizio
- March 30, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
- Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
- Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com