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Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge

Photos 

Gov. Daniels standing on the bridge during the dedication of the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area.

Photo provided

BH Photo #244790

Map 

Description 

For many years this bridge was isolated within the confines of the Putnamville Correctional Facility's state farm land. Recently, due to a land swap with Camp Atterbury, a portion of this land was transformed into the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area and now has limited accessibility to the public.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Deer Creek in Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area
Location
Putnam County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1908 by the Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co.
Builder
- Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. of Elkhart, Indiana
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 98.7 ft.
Total length: 101.7 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Indiana State Farm Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55071, -86.88930   (decimal degrees)
39°33'03" N, 86°53'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/509510/4377898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reelsville
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
50
Inventory numbers
INNBI 060030 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16925 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 3, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 16, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

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

Comments 

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted May 28, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just called the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area. They told me it can be accessed at the shooting range located off of SR 243 at the south east side of the area. There is a hunter's station there. It is suggested that you fill out a visiting sheet saying when you arrive, reason for your visit (mushroom hunting is an option) and approximate length of your visit. It's over a mile walk from that point, but I had no issues. YES, the Putnamville Pen side is scary as hell! I am not familiar with the southwest possible entrance. I'm sorry for unsuccessful visit.

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted May 28, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I like that there is a 'Safety Zone' listed in the key but none shown on the map - Nathan, you will unsafe if you revisit that bridge :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted May 28, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Now that I am home I did some research and found this map. Wish I had known this bridge required heavy research prior to visiting. Too late for me, but I am including the map below for others who may wish to attempt to visit this bridge. Looks like the only entrances are on the southwest and southeast.

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted May 28, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a note to all bridgehunters... if you visit a bridge that is anything less than obvious as to how to access it (or if it was private and you had permission, etc), PLEASE leave details either in the forum or description so others may find the bridge (or not waste valuable trip time in a failed attempt). This is especially true if the bridge is near locations that pose a high risk for arrest and detainment. As for this bridge, the description only notes that the bridge was swapped with the "Putnamville Correctional Facility" and now is in a "Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area and now has limited accessibility to the public." However, upon arriving to the general area where one would expect an entrance to this "wildlife area" to be, I only found a prison surrounded by a maze of razor wire, and what looked to me like rather intimidating prison entrance drives. No visible signage for a public wildlife area. Not wishing to sign myself up for a stay at the "Correctional Facility" I decided not to risk trying to wander back to this bridge. In hindsight maybe I should have researched this bridge on Google Streetviews, but I figured, based on the bridgehunter photos, that this bridge was easy to visit. That is most certainly NOT true. I have no idea how Mike visited this bridge without escort from prison officials.

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted February 16, 2016, by Anonymous

Nice pics, Mike. That culvert looks really nice as well.

Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area Bridge
Posted February 16, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My daughters decided to go with me because of the little hike. It's about a mile and a 1/3. Was 11 degrees when we got there. Loved It! Great job of keeping the bridge in shape.