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Reelsville Bridge


11/2007 photo

Photo taken by Jim Grey


BH Photo #139367



Concrete arch bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 625 West
Putnam County, Indiana
Bypassed in 2007 and then restored.
Built 1929
- Luten Engineering Co.
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 127.9 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1999
Also called
Putnam County Bridge No. 159
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55482, -86.96368   (decimal degrees)
39°33'17" N, 86°57'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/503120/4378349 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700138 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 99000302 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • September 1, 2009: New photos from Jim Grey
  • April 29, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Builder and Alternate name
  • April 29, 2009: New photo from Jim Grey



Reelsville Bridge
Posted October 16, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mary - A friend and associate maintains a site that is a digitized inventory of "Lost Bridges" - This lost wooden span you picture is listed, but no known date of the loss is recorded in the listing, nor are there any photos.

I'm sure the information you have and sanctioned use of your Mothers photograph would be of interest to him.

Contact information can be found on the site -


Reelsville Bridge (Apr 1929 photo of damaged wooden bridge)
Posted October 14, 2012, by Mary Hazelrigg (cool_n_clover56 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a photo from my Mom's old scrapbook that shows the Reelsville covered bridge taken in April 1929. It was taken after apparent wind damage. I assume then the concrete bridge was built to replace the damaged one. Let me try to attach the photo for you. I hope it comes through ok. I wonder about the storm that damaged the bridge? Do you have a way to check the weather history for this? I just know Mom wrote April, 1929 and the name of the bridge. My Mom spent most of her life from 1916 to 1940 near the Reelsville area.

Mary Lou Hazelrigg

Reelsville Bridge
Posted September 1, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been restored and is now open for pedestrians to explore. While I'm glad it's been restored, I'm ambivalent about the new railings that were used -- they don't look enough like the originals.