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THI&E - Big Raccoon Creek Bridge


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

Bridge can be seen in the background

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BH Photo #392937


Abandoned concrete deck girder bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Company
Montgomery County, Indiana, and Boone County, Indiana
- Interurban
- Terre Haute, Indianapolis, & Eastern Traction Co. (THI&E)
Concrete deck girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95592, -86.69494   (decimal degrees)
39°57'21" N, 86°41'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/526056/4422909 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Ross
Inventory number
BH 71141 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2020: Updated by Luke: Corrected entry: 1952 Aerial confirms bridge was an interurban/traction span
  • October 22, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 26, 2016: Added by ArtS


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


THI&E - Big Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted March 24, 2020, by Luke

1952 aerial from HistoricAerials confirms it's a railbed.

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted March 24, 2020, by Clyde R Cottrell Jr (clyderichard2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that this bridge actually carried the Interurban line (The Ben Hur Line) from Indianapolis to Crawfordsville. The alignment with the street in New Ross is because the rails ran down the middle of the street there

There's a nearly identical bridge just east of Jamestown for comparison.

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted March 24, 2020, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could this have been an interurban bridge? The line that went to Crawfordsville?

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted October 23, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Very cool. Also, the home on the east end of the old brick road have several horse and cattle....And a large camel! I will return and get best photos in the cooler months. Man! My to-do list is getting BIG

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted October 23, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The "Dixie Highway" was, like the Lincoln Highway a series of old and new roads linked together as national highway. It is very likely that the road existed before they named it as a part of The Dixie Highway.

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted October 22, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Checked this out and the brick pavement is actually the OLD New Ross Road. I'm supposing that the Old Dixie Highway is an even older version of the New Ross Road. I will return in the winter. The pix I took are crap, as I took them from 136 looking under the railroad bridge through pretty thick veg, but it shows the bridge still exists.

Old Dixie Highway Bridge
Posted August 26, 2017, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That part of the old highway still has the original brick surface. Very neat.