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Broadway Street Iron Bridge



BH Photo #154312


The LostBridges file on the preceding covered bridge says it was lost in 1879, so likely the metal truss was built in 1879 or 1880.


Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on S. Broadway (IN19) in Peru
Peru, Miami County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge after 1913 flood
3-span continuous Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75028, -86.06640   (decimal degrees)
40°45'01" N, 86°03'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/578813/4511455 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


8-panel truss (553)
Continuous (2,640)
Continuous truss (200)
Finials (88)
Great Flood of 1913 (88)
Indiana (5,113)
Lost (29,210)
Lost 1913 (186)
Lost during 1910s (692)
Miami County, Indiana (78)
Peru, Indiana (14)
Pin-connected (4,908)
Pratt through truss (6,139)
Pratt truss (10,420)
Replaced by new bridge (19,843)
Stone piers (154)
Through truss (17,292)
Truss (36,060)
Wabash River (133)

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Pin-connected", "8-panel truss", "Stone piers", "Finials", "Great Flood of 1913"
  • May 16, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added note in description about approximate build date
  • August 4, 2017: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • October 27, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 27, 2010: New photos from James Norwood
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added truss type
  • February 5, 2010: Added by Joshua Collins

Related Bridges 


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Paul Plassman


Broadway Street Iron Bridge
Posted February 17, 2020, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here are a few pics I found of the covered and iron bridges over the Wabash River on Broadway in Peru Indiana

Broadway Street Iron Bridge
Posted October 21, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

For the record, here is a photo of the original wooden covered bridge in Peru. The tollhouse on the left of the bridge is actually still there! You can also see a small bridge in front of (to the north of) the covered one, that went over the Wabash & Erie canal I am sorry, I do not know who to credit for this...

Broadway Street Iron Bridge
Posted June 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Jen, I created a new page for the "Broadway Street Steel Bridge" to seperate it from the earlier iron structure. I moved the one photo to the new page but whoever added pic #4 will have to move it. Thank you for noting this I should have caught it earlier. I don't know a removal date for the steel truss bridge but don't think it lasted more than a couple decades and was replaced in favor of a much wider concrete arch structure.

Broadway Bridge
Posted June 21, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

There were 2 metal Broadway bridges, the one destroyed in 1913 flood, and the one that lasted until the late 70's or early 80's, which I remember from when I was young. That one was replaced by the concrete bridge that is there now. There are pictures of both on this page. Hope that clears some confusion.

Broadway Bridge
Posted February 2, 2012, by David Enyart (doenyart [at] aol [dot] com)

There have been four Broadway Bridges in Peru Indiana. A wooden bridge was replaced by a steel truss bridge about 1890. That bridge was destroyed by the 1913 flood and replaced with a three section steel truss bridge. The concrete arch bridge replaced the second steel bridge within the last 20 years or so.

Broadway Bridge
Posted April 23, 2010, by James Norwood

This location previously had a covered toll bridge also. Later a Concrete arch bridge was constructed after this through truss was destroyed in the 1913 flood. It too has been replaced within the last few years by a UCEB. Of interest is that the former Indiana Union Traction interurban had a bridge that angled away from the North side of this bridge and went Southwesterly across the river. Today no traces remain of that bridge.