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Americus Bridge


Builder plaques from original bridge.

Marker located at south end of new bridge.

Photo taken by Tom Hall in May 2010


BH Photo #164081



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Wabash River on Grant Road
Americus, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built in 1893 by Lafayette Bridge Company; replaced in 1983
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
(2)10-panel, Whipple through trusses
Also called
Bridge #150
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.52883, -86.75997   (decimal degrees)
40°31'44" N, 86°45'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/520330/4486482 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45138 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed to Whipple truss
  • June 4, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 23, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 2, 2010: Added by Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Americus Bridge
Posted November 27, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I wonder what the length of each of the two spans was. I'm thinking they were over 200 feet.

Americus Bridge
Posted June 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony !

Americus Bridge
Posted May 2, 2010, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

I grew up near this bridge and as teen spent a lot of time riding dirt bikes in the old Wabash & Erie canal that runs along the river at the south end of the bridge. I was always fond of the old bridge, but that was before I became interested in historic bridges so I never gave it a lot of thought, it was just a way to get from one side of the river to the other.

By the time it was replaced (1983) I was newly married and living some distance away so I never got a chance to visit the old bridge before it was gone.

I now wish I had paid more attention to it and taken at least at a couple of photos because so far I have found very little information concerning it.

If anyone has any information, photos or memories of this bridge please contact me.