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Brank Brown Bridge

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

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BH Photo #157543

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Description 

This is said to be the bridge that Gene Hackman drove through at the beginning of the movie "Hoosiers"

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 175 E
Location
Montgomery County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1913; replaced 1991
Builder
- Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. of Elkhart, Indiana
Design
12-panel, Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 191.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.0 ft.
Also called
Sugar Creek CR 175E Bridge
"Hoosiers Bridge"
Old County Bridge #58
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08322, -86.87100   (decimal degrees)
40°04'60" N, 86°52'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/510997/4437001 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Darlington
Land survey
T. 19 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 16
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
290
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5400044 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39475 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added name and new information
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • April 4, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Brown Bridge
Posted April 8, 2018, by Randy King (rking1 [at] indy [dot] rr [dot] com)

I grew up at the top of the Sugar Creek valley north of this bridge from 1957 to 1968. I could roll my bike out our driveway and coast to the bridge. It had a deck consisting of wooden blocks, end grain up. I have seen it flooded a couple times. Spent many, many childhood hours under and around that beautiful old bridge. Had I known when it was due for demolition, I would have done anything to get my hands on the maker's plate. I think there was only one, at the south end. Though listed as simply the Brown bridge, my dad said that the old timers (even to him) called it the Brank Brown Bridge. I would love to see any other existing photos.

Brown Bridge
Posted June 9, 2012, by Carla Smith (cjhsmith [at] yahoo [dot] com)

HOW SAD! I was just going to email you to see if you knew where this bridge was. And you had already found it...but it's gone. I wanted to photograph this one!

Brown Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A few of my sources say that THIS is the bridge featured at the beginning of "Hoosiers", and considering that much of the film was shot at nearby New Richmond....this seems feasible.

Unfortunately this beauty, like all the other nice metal truss bridges in Montgomery County, were demolished.