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Blue Bluff Road Bridge


Photo captioned December 1899; taken from southeast bank

Photo courtesy of the Morgan County Public Library


BH Photo #376815



Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over White River on Blue Bluff Road
Morgan County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built approx 1899; Replaced 1974
Pinned, Pennsylvania through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.49717, -86.40140   (decimal degrees)
39°29'50" N, 86°24'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551469/4372121 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 75364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (6,415)
Built during 1890s (2,573)
Indiana (4,253)
Lost (19,746)
Lost 1974 (38)
Lost during 1970s (428)
Morgan County, Indiana (67)
Pennsylvania truss (416)
Replaced by new bridge (13,078)
Through truss (13,181)
Truss (29,881)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • January 27, 2017: Added by Mike Daffron


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


Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's Paragon Road, and whatever was there previous it was replaced the same year as this one, 1974. Both of the modern spans are nearly identical in size, so one would assume that the older Paragon Road bridge might have been similar in size to the Blue Bluff structure.

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ok. It goes into the backside of 37 by Morgan-Monroe State Forest. I don't know anything on this one, but I will scan the horizons and see what I can find.

Blue Bluff Road Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

Thanks for the info Mike. South of Paragon is a road with a few sharp curves(also known for flooding), then crosses the White River on a modern bridge.

White River Blue Bluff Road
Posted March 30, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think the deck of Blue Bluff was just wood. CR390E is also known as Henderson-Ford Road. It was a thru truss, like Blue Bluff. I can't find any pix of it. We used to go there a lot when I was a kid just to mess around. I guess a log truck fell thru it around 1968. I'm not sure which item your talking about south of Paragon. I grew up between Mooresville and Waverly. We used to frequent a place there known as Southlake. When we were done swimming, we used to travel to the store in Waverly for snacks and the like. There was a thru truss there, but I don't recall much of it.

White River Blue Bluff Road
Posted March 30, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

A neat structure that once existed. Glad the public library could provide these photos. Is that deck corrugated metal or something? I've been to this location and the road is heavily traveled. I've also been wondering what bridges existed on CR 390E just to the east, and the one south of Paragon. And does anybody know what type of bridge was in Waverly? Driven to that location with a bridge marked on a map. There was an old One Lane Bridge sign and saw that the bridge had been removed and not replaced.