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Deer Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall in October 2008


BH Photo #125703


Concrete arch bridge over Deer Creek on CR 550 South (Old US 40)
Putnam County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1925
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 75.4 ft.
Total length: 276.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.57827, -86.84683   (decimal degrees)
39°34'42" N, 86°50'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/513154/4380961 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700200 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 19, 2021: New photos from James McCray
  • December 18, 2020: New photo from Jim Grey
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • December 16, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • July 20, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • July 8, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added arch type.
  • October 11, 2008: New photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 15, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a screen grab from the video of this bridge.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted October 1, 2009, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Jim, thanks for the video link, that was really interesting. I knew the Deer Creek bridge was once part of the national road, but I had no idea that the Cooper iron bridge had once been part of it.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted October 1, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This video contains a couple photos of this bridge, showing its open spandrels.


Deer Creek Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a former alignment of US 40 and the National Road.