Patoka River Bridge CR 650 E
East Face of Bridge
Photo taken by James McCray
BH Photo #140292
Research by Dr. James Cooper has uncovered the significance of this unique structure. The design is referred to as "Iron Arch #1" by the Smith Bridge Company and is the only known remaining example of this type. The erection of this span was left to noteworthy Southern Indiana bridge builder William T. Washer of Troy in Perry County. He built a number of covered bridges using both his unique Burr trusses as well as building some Smith truss spans as an agent for that company. It is also documented that he built metal spans using Indiana Bridge Company trusses, and now we can add Smith iron trusses to the mix.
- Bowstring pony truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 650 East
- Pike County, Indiana
- Open to traffic
- Built in 1875 by William T. Washer using the Smith Bridge Company's "Iron Arch #1 Design".
- - Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio (Design and Fabrication)
- William T. Washer (Abutments and Erection)
- Wrought iron bowstring pony truss.
Reinforced with load bearing beams.
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 99.1 ft.
Deck width: 10.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Pike County Bridge #150
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +38.37250, -87.15500 (decimal degrees)
38°22'21" N, 87°09'18" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/486460/4247157 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- INNBI 6300101 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16856 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 05/2015)
- Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 14.4 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
- December 1, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added County bridge number
- January 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
- September 23, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added correct date and builder for this rare and special bridge.
- October 21, 2011: Updated by J.P.: removed builder due to new info that was given to me, stating that Indiana Bridge Company was most likely not the builder.
- April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
- March 5, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated builder
- May 14, 2009: New photos from James McCray
- May 12, 2009: Updated by J.P.
- May 9, 2009: New photos from J.P.
- March 9, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
- Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
- James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
- Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com