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Darden Road Bridge


Photo taken by Tony Dillon in August 2014


BH Photo #292964


Street View 


Bypassed Pratt through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Darden Road
St. Joseph County, Indiana
Open To Pedestrians
Future prospects
Restored for pedestrian use
Built in 1885 on Water Street (now Lasalle) in South Bend; Relocated in 1906 to Darden Road; closed to vehicles in 1970
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- P.E. Lane of Chicago, Illinois
(2)8-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 128.9 ft.
Total length: 330.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 1985
Also called
Old County Bridge #5
Water Street Bridge (Original location)
Healthwin Bridge (Referred to in the 50's)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73027, -86.26874   (decimal degrees)
41°43'49" N, 86°16'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/560816/4620087 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Bend West
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7100019 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 85000599 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 39638 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added NRHP data
  • March 19, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • December 2, 2014: New photo from Rick McOmber
  • September 3, 2014: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builders.
  • March 18, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Rick McOmber - rrmc500 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 17, 2020, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unbelievably, here's some footage of this bridge carrying traffic. Probably from the late 1960s.


This was on a TV program in South Bend called Beyond Our Control. It was mostly a sketch comedy program, written, produced, and acted by high school students.

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So urban, and more than a buggy road. That makes sense.

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The bridge was originally built on La Salle Street and was a major crossing at the time for South Bend. The roadway is 19.4 feet on this bridge. Widths of this size, were common for bridges in urban locations in the 19th Century. The reason it stands out today, is because most bridges from this era that were built in urban locations have been demolished and replaced long ago (because urban bridges faced heavier traffic and wear and tear and needed to be replaced sooner). As a result, most 19th Century bridges today are rural bridges which typically had 11-16 foot roadways.

They actually needed wide bridges in urban locations even more than today, because traffic control was non-existent. Look at the chaos on the old Rush Street Bridge in Chicago (1893) http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/michiganavenue/rush2_la...

And here's an 1893 bridge thats 21 feet c-c of trusses: http://bridgehunter.com/ct/fairfield/turn-of-river-rd/

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 4, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Any thoughts on why a "buggy bridge" is so wide?