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Egenolf Road Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in August 2008


BH Photo #123026



Lost Bridges In Owen County

Mike Daffron

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Lost Pony truss bridge over a branch of Brush Creek on CR 750 South
Owen County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1930; Lost 2015
Pin-connected, 3-panel, half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Owen #103
Branch Brush Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.18306, -86.96306   (decimal degrees)
39°10'59" N, 86°57'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/503190/4337091 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6000075 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16762 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 12, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 28, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 13, 2015: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 6, 2008: New photos from Robert Stephenson



Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted July 18, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey that is great news. Thanks for the update. Good work. I will contact you about more details on this bridge.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted July 18, 2015, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

This bridge is available to purchase, we have it stored in a safe location, and it is in good shape. you can contact me at my email address in this post.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted June 13, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Have not been able to find the fate of this bridge, just know it's gone

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I found pictures of the scrapping but lost them in a computer crash. The dumbest thing was that it was lifted to shore then scrapped!


Art S.

Fitch's Bridge
Posted April 25, 2015, by Nels Raynor (nels [at] bachsteel [dot] com)

Did the Fitch's road bridge get scrapped?

now if Im not mistaken it would be one of the oldest through trusses in the nation....not that seems to matter

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Anything is possible Art... All we can do is hope for the best!

As far as bridge relocation goes,many states have a good selection of historic bridges available for reuse. So while I'm not dead set against out-of-state placement... It's not my preference.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


There was an 1885 through truss in MA ( http://bridgehunter.com/ma/middlesex/fitch/ ) that was lifted intact and placed on shore for more convenient scrapping, so it may not be safe yet.

Regarding keeping them in state: while that can be preferred, a limitation like that puts bridges at risk by dramatically shrinking the pool of those in a position to take the old bridges.


Art S.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree with Nathan on this Mike... It simply doesn't make sense that they would remove it intact just to scrap it.

It would be great if they were placing it in a park, but I haven't heard anything relating to that possibility. I know of at least one construction firm that removes historic pony trusses intact and markets them for sale and reuse. While certainly a far better alternative to scrapping they sometimes end up moving out of state...which I personally struggle with!

Unfortunately, consulting firms for some of the Indiana counties have been pushing for them to accelerate the replacement of their "Non-select" spans. Another devious practice that leads to the removal of some bridges on little traveled roads that could easily be renovated for a fraction of the cost.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 16, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I dont know if it's to be reused. Doubt it. A memorial park is being built in Spencer... Checking this out.

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 15, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like it was removed intact. Is the bridge to be relocated and reused? It would be a high degree of stupid to cut the bridge up for scrap after it was removed intact. Not that a high degree of stupid doesn't frequently happen...

Egenolf Road Bridge
Posted April 15, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They started replacing this pony on Tuesday April 7, by Friday it was sitting beside the road. Lasted 85 years, only a memory in 3 weeks! Also slated for replacement in Owen County are Country Club Road and Sandlick Creek bridges. Boo!