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National Road Bridge


Published prior to 1923

BH Photo #393505



Lost covered through truss bridge over White River on National Road
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Destroyed by flood
Destroyed by flood 1913
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76784, -86.17471   (decimal degrees)
39°46'04" N, 86°10'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/570685/4402315 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Inventory number
BH 77561 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Covered (1,523)
Destroyed by flood (407)
Indiana (4,625)
Indianapolis, Indiana (160)
Lost (22,255)
Lost 1913 (93)
Lost during 1910s (431)
Marion County, Indiana (201)
Through truss (14,038)
Truss (31,226)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2017: Added by Dave King

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National Road Bridge
Posted July 23, 2018, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This article from the 29 Jun 1901 Indianapolis News confirms that there were twin bridges here, and that a new bridge would be built to replace them both. The drawing doesn't much resemble the bridge that got built.

National Road Bridge
Posted July 22, 2018, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Continuing to research this, I found this site with photos of the Washington St. bridge as it was on the day of the 1913 flood. It is clearly not a wooden covered bridge.


National Road Bridge
Posted July 22, 2018, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I find evidence that there were two bridges here at once: one that followed the old National Road alignment and another that followed the Washington St. alignment. The two map excerpts, from 1889 and 1903 (respectively, below), show it. I also found an 1852 map of Indiana, with an Indianapolis inset, at the Library of Congress that shows only one bridge, on the National Road alignment.

Does anybody have greater knowledge or research to share on this?