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Lost Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115662



Lost Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

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Abandoned Bridges Of Indiana Volume 3

video by Mike Daffron

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Written by James Norwood



2-span riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 100 East
Miami County, Indiana
Built 1920 by the Rochester Bridge Co.
- Rochester Bridge Co. of Rochester, Indiana
2-span, 7-panel riveted Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 111.8 ft.
Total length: 229.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 20, 2006
Also called
Eel River CR 100E Bridge
Bridge 1-19
Miami County Bridge #28
Eikenberry bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85528, -86.05583   (decimal degrees)
40°51'19" N, 86°03'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/579579/4523120 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 22
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5200022 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 06000848 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16644 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 31, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 5, 2019: New photos from Jen Savage
  • December 25, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 11, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: NRHP listing info
  • November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 29, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 19, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss design
  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
  • October 19, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Corrected build date
  • January 30, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 28, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • February 5, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • SHAARD database of Indiana historic bridges and sites - Very detailed description of bridge and it's construction. Pictures and background information included. A must read.
  • Jen Savage - reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Lost Bridge
Posted July 6, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Jen,love your photos of the greenery covered deck.

Lost Bridge
Posted July 5, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today, wasn't brave enough to walk across it, as I have been in the past. Still a beautiful bridge. Added a couple photos above.

Lost Bridge
Posted November 10, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Guy is right. I wouldn't walk across this. The south-end side of the deck is a real hazard. North-end side is better. I went about half way and chickened out.

Lost Bridge: B-28
Posted October 31, 2014, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyin [dot] gov)

This two span through truss was built in Miami County in 1919. The truss was made by the Rochester Bridge Company, Rochester, Indiana. The two spans are each 112 feet in length for an overall structure length of 230 feet.

The bridge was completed before the roadway when the Miami County Council enacted a moratorium on building roads. The roadway may have been built in 1925 as County Unit Road #3.

Included are some photos of the steel used in construction the bridge, the center pier, pack rust on the one of the members, damage to the deck.

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Lost Bridge
Posted September 2, 2014, by Guy McAlister (mac19ind [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would not suggest anyone walking on the bridge any longer.The bridge deck is beginning to rot away. You may be interested to know that there was a double arch truss bridge at Chili over the Eel River,at the south edge of the town.It was replaced by a new bridge in the late 1970's.Also,if you go to the north end of the bridge, walk down the bridge embankment on the west side and continue westward along the Eel river for a short distance.Look to your right and you will see the last remnant of the Winona Railroad bridge over the Eel River.It is the north end support of the old railroad bridge.I grew up in Chili.Know all about it.My grandfather worked on the Winona many years.

Lost Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited Lost Bridge on May 2, 2014 and took a few pictures.

Lost Bridge
Posted April 1, 2014, by Richard Johnson (greybeard50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My son and I visited this bridge today 4/01/2014. It is still closed, but walkable. It's obvious that it was partially built off-site and assembled on. A tribute to early technology and building practice. The long pieces are riveted with the corners bolted. A handsome survivor in a peaceful setting.

Lost Bridge
Posted March 2, 2010, by Bob Hammitt (bobhammitt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That is great, I am glad to hear that! Any idea on when it will be rehabed?

Lost Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My understanding is that this bridge is scheduled to be rehabbed.

Lost Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Bob Hammitt (bobhammitt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was sad to see this bridge closed! I hope they preserve these treasures! Photos attached are from 2-27-10

Lost Bridge
Posted February 24, 2009, by Steven Mitchell (sjmitchell [at] my [dot] trine [dot] edu)

I looked for this bridge. I couldn't find it.