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Crow's Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115702


Street View 


Lost through truss bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 100 East
Putnam County, Indiana
Replaced and dismantled
Future prospects
Closed for replacement in May 2016
Built 1902
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Through truss
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Putnam County Bridge #137
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67611, -86.83111   (decimal degrees)
39°40'34" N, 86°49'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/514484/4391823 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700122 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16907 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 24, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 9, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: added county bridge number
  • May 9, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated info
  • May 9, 2016: Updated by Andy Peters: corrects spelling to Crowe's
  • November 11, 2015: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • July 29, 2015: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • July 29, 2015: Updated by J.P.: bridge doomed
  • February 2, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 3, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 25, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Andy Peters - anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Crow's Bridge
Posted November 24, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

corvids can migrate.....

Crow's Bridge
Posted June 14, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Crow's Bridge
Posted June 14, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

I'll post this in my Chronicles page and include your contact details. Glad they decided to keep the bridge intact and give it up for sale.....


Crow's Bridge
Posted June 12, 2016, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

This bridge is available to purchase if anyone knows of a prospective buyer, let them know, or let me know.

Crow's Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah... Not spelled wrong just once, but 3 times.

Unfortunately, Putnam County cares little for it's historic bridges. They ride Parke County's coat-tails with the covered spans, but are happy to ignore the steel trusses. A once very nice collection has been whittled down to near nothing.

A real shame!

Crow's Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is the article for posterity:


Road to close up to 6 months for Crowe's Bridge replacement

Friday, May 6, 2016

County Road 100 East between 25 South and 200 North in Greencastle Township will be closed on or after Monday, May 9 for bridge replacement.

The federal aid project will replace Crowe's Bridge, the 113-year-old iron truss bridge spanning Big Walnut Creek. The project has been in the works since 1999.

Once the road may only be closed for 180 days, County Highway Supervisor Mike Ricketts reported. This should put the estimated completion date of the project no later than November.

The county learned several years ago that Crowe's would not be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, making the replacement easier and less costly.

Crow's Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sorry Andy... But this is a replacement not a repair according to what info I have.

Also, as you will often find, the paper had the name wrong and it should actually be Crow's Bridge.

Crowe's Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Crow's Bridge
Posted February 1, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I hate to see any bridge go away. Maybe someone should tell the folks in Brown County (who were going to get the Eel River bridge at Bowling Green) about this baby. Perhaps it could fill one of their needs!!!

Crow's Bridge
Posted January 31, 2016, by MG Craver Hurst

Members of the Greencastle High School Class of 1929, including my father Manford R. Craver and Dr. Anne S. Nichols and their friends used to go to the bridge, climb it, and dive into the water! This bridge is destined for destruction in 2016 and its charm will be missed. Nothing replacing it can fill the void.

Crow's Bridge
Posted July 29, 2015, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Crowe's Bridge to be replaced in 2016


Crow's Bridge
Posted September 8, 2009, by Don

At least they didn't replace it

Crow's Bridge
Posted September 6, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup....they were there!

I wish Putnam County would quit piddling around and just do regular rehabs on their neat bridges.

The Hibbs Ford Bridge is proof that they do know how!

Crow's Bridge
Posted September 6, 2009, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

8/30/09 Bridge now has extra cables in place. They did a great job of making them look like part of the bridge. You barely notice they are there.

Did they just get added in the last 4 months, or are they present in the photos from April & I just can't see them?

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one is known as Crow's bridge.