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Petersburg Bridge


"Pike Central Chargers"

Photo taken by Mike Daffron in January 2016


BH Photo #346271


Street View 


Petersburg Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Removed to make room for the iron bowstring truss that is being relocated from SE of here.


Lost plate girder bridge over Prides Creek on Old Sr 56 in Petersburg
Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana
Built ca.1930
Plate Girder
Length of largest span: 59.7 ft.
Total length: 61.7 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Pike County Bridge #1
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.48770, -87.28603   (decimal degrees)
38°29'16" N, 87°17'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/475054/4259967 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6300179 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42590 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2020: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • August 15, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 19, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 25, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge numbers and photos
  • January 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 20, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Petersburg Bridge
Posted December 1, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you for all the information!

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's unfortunate that one historic bridge has to be sacrificed for another. That being said, there is NO compairison between a highly significant bowstring truss and a plate girder. It's unknown just how many bowstrings were fabricated by the Smith Bridge Company, but considering no evidence has surfaced so far it couldn't have been many.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes. Disappointed in Pike County. They blew it with the Patoka river bridge near Winslow too.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I like to see a historic bridges like the bowstring moved to be preserved if it can't stay in its original location. The Petersburg girder bridge had historical significance. Demolishing this one to move another historic bridge in its place is quite dumb. Just like Tony or whoever said, it would've been better to move the bowstring to a park like area, and to leave the girder bridge in place for pedestrians. This is almost like how Ohio demolished a few historic metal bridges and built modern covered bridges in place.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Error!! Like Mike Rowe sez, "That's The Way I Heard It", but it was wrong. I spoke with the Pike County Press-Dispatch this morning and they told me that unfortunately "it was junked". Sorry about the error in reporting. It didn't seem logical to move to two around like chess pieces, but...

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

My mom told me that the Pike County Dispatch stated that it was to be relocated. She has the newspaper article, but she lives a distance from me. I will see If I can get her to read it to me today on the phone and I'll let everyone know the details.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Are you saying this existing plate girder bridge is ALSO being relocated? What is your source of information for this? The construction plans for the relocation of the bowstring to this location appear to call out the demolition of the plate girder. Bach Steel is only doing the work relating to the bowstring and was not subcontracted for any relocation/demolition of the plate girder, so if this is happening the prime must be doing it, and it must be a last minute development? The plate girder bridge is also listed as having been built in 1905 per the project documents (which contradicts the ca. 1930 date given by Dr. James Cooper's database). Not sure which is correct. Here are excerpts from the Special Provision for the demolition:


This work shall consist of removing the existing bridge carrying Water Street over Prides Creek, Pike County Bridge 297, as shown on the plans or as directed by the Engineer. Prior to the commencement of demolition and construction activities, the Contractor shall retain a qualified historian or architectural historian, as defined by the Indiana SHPO, to prepare documentation of Bridge 297, including digital photographs, a digital photo log, a written description of the bridge, a statement of significance of the bridge, and a sketch plan. After the final version of the documentation of Bridge 297 has been received by the three agencies noted above, demolition of the bridge may proceed.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have always been concerned about it remaining in use at that location, and seeing a few really large pickups crossing it while I was there kinda confirmed that. I wish there was a nice park with a creek it could go into but that doesn't appear to be a possibility in Petersburg.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

yip, I wish they would have fixed it up in old location, but... Petersburg is kinda dying, unfortunately. The McDonalds next door went under (!!), the old IGA is defunct. Don't know how much I69 contributed to it, but it sucks. Tornado went thru back in the 90s and tore it up. Hasn't been the same since

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm still not sold on the location. I just hope they develope it into something decent!

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Garrett! Good news! Bridge is supposed to be set in another location in Petersburg (not sure where), and the Iron Bridge Road bowstring is to be moved there. There is a picture of the bowstring being lifted up waiting it's relocation in the Pike County Dispatch (Yes, I will post it as soon as I can get it from my parents). If I were to guess, I think that this fellow will end up in Hornady Park about a mile west on Pike Street, just a guess though.

Petersburg Bridge
Posted November 29, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sad it was demolished, but hopefully the new historic bridge that is supposed to be moved there will be well treated in the spot

Petersburg Bridge
Posted January 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a real scenic location...Need to put it in a park and take all of the steel added in the 70's off of it to "unmask" it's true beauty!

Petersburg Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pike county newspaper sez Petersburg Bridge will be replaced with the Bowstring Bridge that is located on CR650E over the Patoka River in Pike State Forest. Will find the article.