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Boone Cemetery Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


View more info about Indiana historic bridges from the SHAARD database

BH Photo #158590



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Busseron Creek on CR 500 South
Sullivan County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1896; replaced 1989
- Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio
Pinned, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 243.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Also called
Sullivan County Bridge #106
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01108, -87.41629   (decimal degrees)
39°00'40" N, 87°24'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/463957/4318088 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44526 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 10, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 22, 2010: Added by Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 11, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unless it's been replaced with a modern truss or something really spectacular (Cable-stayed's Don't count!) then I prefer not to see any pics of it. A new page is fine for a modern truss... As long as it's labeled as MODERN.

Looking at UCEB's is like going to an ice cream shop and finding out all they have is 10 different varieties of Vanilla.

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 11, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

When you consider the massive number of truss bridges that once existed in the USA (in the years between 1850 and 1970 more or less), you quickly realized that almost every truss bridge that ever existed in the USA was replaced by either a UCEB, a low water crossing, a ford, or in some cases an interesting (albeit newer) bridge. The truss bridges (and other historic bridges) that survive today are the rare survivors.

Thus, I see no point in creating separate pages for UCEBS, low water crossings, and fords that replaced historic bridges. Otherwise, this site will become UCEBS of the U.S.

I would rather see 1-2 images of the UCEB, low water crossing, ford, etc that replaced the bridge along with photographs of the historic bridge on one page.

Just my $0.02

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 11, 2019, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 11, 2019, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Adding photos of a nondescript and certainly non-historic to this page, or even worse creating a whole new page, only serves to water-down this otherwise highly functional site!

Didn't realize that the UglyBridges site had been re-branded, because honestly I never go there.

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

A separate page is warranted for a replacement when the replacement might be even slightly interesting, plus in any case it helps to further distinguish the two, particularly in cases where the original bridge is the only one posted and it's no longer there yet it has most recent up-to-date inspection data showing (not a fan of those fits of inaccuracy).

But I'm not sure photos of the replacement are needed on the same single page, given the different type, the replacement being so plain, and that it was replaced so long ago already.

RE: Uglybridges - despite the name, that was never about showing off "ugly bridges", and is now known as BridgeReports.com since last year.

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 10, 2019, by ....justsayin

..a shot or two of replacement is of value for comparing approach and profile. Actually prefer as separate page. Helps sequence if older structure is found by research.

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 10, 2019, by Luke


Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted March 10, 2019, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Why are you posting photos of the replacement bridges on here that nobody on this site wants to see? Put them on the Uglybridges site instead.

Boone Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the same bridge as Busseron Creek CR 500 S https://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/busseron-creek/