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KBSR - Wabash River Bridge


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


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BH Photo #393624

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Wabash River and local walking trail on Kankakee Beaverville and Southern Railroad(nee Conrail(New York Central, Penn Central) AND Norfolk Southern Railway(Lake Erie and Western, Nickel Plate Road, Norfolk and Western) in La
West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1906
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad (KBSR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 163.0 ft.
Total length: 660.0 ft.
Also called
NKP - Wabash River Bridge
NYC - Wabash River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.41807, -86.89864   (decimal degrees)
40°25'05" N, 86°53'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/508599/4474165 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lafayette West
Inventory number
BH 42718 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2022: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 20, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 14, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 24, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 10, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • November 30, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated design
  • January 28, 2011: New Street View added by Matthew Lohry
  • June 5, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood
  • Matt Lohry
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


KBSR - Wabash River Bridge
Posted November 23, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a plaque clearly visible from the west bank on one of the trusses..these trusses are rather heavy for 1906 spans. Glad to have visited this one

KBSR - Wabash River Bridge
Posted September 21, 2022, by Jacob Newkirk (JNEWKIRK77 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

A train derailed and took out at least a section of rails and ties on this bridge 9/21/22. Details aren't fully known, but the local news has been covering: