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Hodapp Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in April 2010


BH Photo #162894


A friend showed me this bridge, which was previously unlisted on this or the SHAARD sites. I have not been able to find out any further information on the history of it, and am looking for any help to fill in the blanks.


Abandoned concrete girder bridge over Vernon Fork Muscatatuck River on Abandoned section of Brownstown Road (CR 800N)
Ripley County, Indiana
Built 1926
Concrete through girder with articulated floorbeams
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 99.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Brownstown Road Bridge
CR 800N Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19002, -85.43555   (decimal degrees)
39°11'24" N, 85°26'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/635108/4339029 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 9 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 32
838 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6900109 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 44930 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Abandoned (3,957)
Built 1926 (812)
Built during 1920s (10,327)
Concrete girder (1,082)
Girder (11,346)
Indiana (5,182)
Owned by county (21,715)
Ripley County, Indiana (45)
Skewed (5,071)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,354)
Structurally deficient (12,761)
Through girder (4,270)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,939)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2022: Updated by Kenny Stier: Added category "Skewed"
  • September 24, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Refined structure type following field visit.
  • February 26, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo map data
  • June 12, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: CR 800N Bridge
  • April 19, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon



Hodapp Bridge
Posted May 12, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update Kenny!

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised to hear this as the bridge has been slowly deteriorating for many years.

Hodapp Bridge
Posted May 12, 2022, by Kenny Stier (kenny [at] kstr [dot] us)

The flooding in June 2021 has caused a failure of part of the bridge on the north east side. Part of the wall has collapsed and there is now a large hole in the deck. At the point of collapse, under half of the width of the bridge is still passable.

Flood video


Hodapp Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Allyson-- The survey marker is placed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey. They maintain a network of these throughout the country to aid in surveying. Some are fairly involved groups of related markers, others like this one are probably individual marks useful for local surveying. Despite being shown on the topo map, I can't find this one in the current database of "published" marks, so it may not be considered trustworthy.

Hodapp Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was quite a sight looking down to the bridge and the valley below it...very scenic.

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Allyson ((Hodapp) Sullivan)

correction to original post "above *sea level"

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Allyson ((Hodapp) Sullivan)

This is actually my family's property, I grew up on the land. My family (Hodapp's) still own the property. I remember the day the bridge was closed. I was very young maybe 6, which would be the early 90s. There are two houses that sit close to the bridge both with the name Hodapp, that is where the Hodapp Bridge name generated. I am curious if you know if the plaque on the bridge from the US Geolocigical Survey means anything specific or if it just states the above see level facts?

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted June 11, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

A few years ago I stopped and talked to a woman at the house east of the bridge . She told me the bridge was always referred to as Hodapp Bridge named after the Hodapp family that lived in the house as seen in picture #3 for "many, many years". I believe the bridge has been closed for aprox. 15 to 20 years since the 90's.