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Kent Road Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


View more info about Indiana historic bridges from the SHAARD database

BH Photo #156865


Lost through truss bridge over North Fork Salt Creek on Kent Road
Monroe County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1890; replaced 1999
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 99.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #625
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.15081, -86.39852   (decimal degrees)
39°09'03" N, 86°23'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551972/4333685 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5300112 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39465 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 91.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 16, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 3, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder, truss type, and coordinates
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Art, I agree with your assessment. Now we just need to find a way to preserve these bridges. Demolition by neglect is just as bad as demolition by cutting torch. The only difference is with abandoned bridges we at least have a short window in which to do something.

Maple Rapids Bridge, Columbia Bridge, that Hammond truss in Illinois, the BBW Bowstring in Iowa...all gone...

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 20, 2017, by Othmar

Othmar H Ammann worthy for Sure! Coming soon!

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Art think we need a friends of Bridgehunter to FUND back up and Band width. James how about adding a funding option?

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


For me Michael Quiet's 1868 vertical end post, Phoenix Column, Whipple (Pulp Mill Bridge) is number one. This is followed by his 1869 Cross Power Bridge a skewed, two span, Phoenix Column Whipple both in NH. Fulton Farms Bridge - Identified as CBW and Nick's Clark's Creek Whipple follow closely behind.

There are still some really great survivors that haven't made the site yet.

I agree with you on the importance of finding images documenting the diversity and profusion of what once was. I think the site is becoming a real resource; I hope the database has been properly backed up.


Art S.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, these last couple of years have been marked with some phenomenal discoveries.

Okay, this might be a homer pick, but I personally think that the Clarks Creek Whipple Truss in Geary Co. just might be a top ten discovery in the history of this website. Nick knocked the ball out of the park, over the roof, and across the parking lot on that one!

At the same time, several contributors have been finding photographs of long lost bridges. These bridges might not be standing any longer, but thanks to those old photographs, we can still learn about them.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


That's thee beauty of the unknown!

I've come across a number of undocumented bridges. Most (but not all) of the stuff back east are early stone arches and abandoned wooden rail structures. Most of the larger metal (truss) bridges were removed or are known.

I think there is stuff in central and western PA, western and Northern NY, rural OH and all over WV. I also think the south may reveal some unknown gems.

I'm really impressed with the early and significant bridges that have been added here in the past year or two.


Art S.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I first started looking for bridges in Kansas, I expected that perhaps a few would appear amid the trees. I never imagined the sheer number that ended up appearing in recent years. Nick has taken bridge discovery to a whole new level. While I don't think that there is still a large number of bridges waiting to be discovered in Kansas, there might still be a few more hiding out there. I always look forward to Nick's discoveries because many of the bridges that he is found are of national significance and some of them are of very high National significance. He might find a few more bridges in Kansas yet.

I would expect that a person can find a lot of abandoned bridges in the eastern United States given the heavier population and the large number of rivers and streams there. I would think the in rural areas of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, one might find some abandoned bridges but I have not spent much time in that area.

That being said, if a person wants to find some unknown bridges, Nebraska might be a good state. There have been relatively few Bridgehunters working in Nebraska, but the state has a surprising number of truss bridges especially in the Southeastern area.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not saying there's not a few hiding up here Mike, but definitely nothing like there is in Kansas. More wide open spaces and abandoned roads than you will ever see in the Hoosier State.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

These modern bridge pictures are a poor excuse for their originals, but I have a good time locating them. Plus, you never know when you might find something interesting.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I appreciate seeing all these bridges that you have been tracking down. It is good that they were photographed back in the day.

I have really been amazed at what Nick has found. He has discovered some incredible bridges that I had no idea existed. I would not be surprised if there still some great bridge is hiding in the trees in Indiana.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 16, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am still trying to find these forgotten gems that, no doubt, are still stashed away. Will keep trying! Maybe Nick Schmiedeler can come over here and shake the trees and a few will pop out!

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I clicked on this page hoping to read about another bridge I could visit whenever I get to Indiana. Then I realized it was lost...

This would have been a nice one to save.