2 votes

Butler Bridge


East side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in May 2009


BH Photo #140635



Pony truss bridge originally over Lost River on CR 220 East
Martin County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge and moved to Texas where it was rebuilt.
Built ca. 1915
Riveted, Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 86.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Martin County Bridge #73
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.59611, -86.75222   (decimal degrees)
38°35'46" N, 86°45'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/521576/4271987 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5100040 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16635 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1910s (9,677)
Indiana (4,934)
Martin County, Indiana (47)
NR-eligible (4,056)
Non-Select (300)
One-lane traffic (7,614)
Open (39,986)
Owned privately (1,748)
Pony truss (16,245)
Relocated (911)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,454)
Structurally deficient (14,098)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,598)
Truss (32,984)
Warren pony truss (3,372)
Warren truss (6,583)

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 22, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status description to "Moved"
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
  • December 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name and updated other information
  • May 25, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson

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  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Butler Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I always hate to see an historic bridge leave the state, especially to a place that has abandoned spans in abundance. But it is good to see it being reused and given a new life. I was in contact with someone at the ranch a couple years ago and they sent me a short video that was pretty low quality and no pics.

Butler Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Any new info on this bridge? Martin County is a beautiful place. I sure hope they keep the wonderful spans that they have left

Butler Bridge
Posted September 15, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bravo! Send pictures and the new name.

Butler Bridge
Posted September 15, 2013, by Bob Nichols (bobnich [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

We have completed bridge re-assembly at its new home in RiverHead Ranch, Camp Wood, Texas. Future home of our horse ranch for special needs and underpriviledged children.

It is a beautiful bridge.

Butler Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A tricky categorization here as I changed the bridge from not being lost...just relocated. Hopefully, I can eventually find out more info and update it further.

Would have liked to have seen it stay in state...especially given all of the historic bridges that are available in Texas. But in the end better saved than demolished!

Butler Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconsruction [dot] com)

This bridge is now located in Texas, about 2 hours southwest of Dallas, it was purchased by a large ranch that contains wildlife and many films are filmed there on location. It was purchased and shipped there in the spring/summer of 2012

Butler Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Steve

This bridge was dismantled sometime during 2011.