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North Railroad Street Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #115580



North Railroad Street Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over Little Flatrock River on North Railroad Street
Rush County, Indiana
Closed to all traffic
Built 1901 by the New Castle Bridge Co.
- New Castle Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 94.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 28, 2000
Also called
County Bridge #188
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.50279, -85.46683   (decimal degrees)
39°30'10" N, 85°28'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/631817/4373696 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7000173 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 00001542 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 17003 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 22 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 28, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 4, 2019: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • November 18, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 4, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted GPS coordinates
  • January 16, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com


North Railroad Street Bridge
Posted September 4, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you Jim! It is indeed a solid little bridge that for all intense purposes could still be open. There is a new bridge 1/4 mile to the East that replaced another truss bridge. I think the county just decided it wasn't needed after the new span was built. Sounds like this rare New Castle span will be moved to the Pioneer Engineers grounds to join the Homer Covered Bridge.

North Railroad Street Bridge
Posted September 4, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great photos. The structure looks pretty solid.

North Railroad Street Bridge
Posted May 1, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a rare New Castle Bridge Co. span. The plaques say it was built in Indianapolis, but all references I have seen say they did'nt have their new plant up and running until 1902......so I beleive this one was built in New Castle. A plaque was a good way to advertise for future work, so if a move was in the works why would'nt you give the "new address". In 1905 they became the Central States Bridge Company. I hope to post some pics of this bridge soon.