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Ohio Street Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in March 2009


BH Photo #136201


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Ohio Street Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Ohio Street
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians
Built 1891 by the Pittsburgh Bridge Co.
- Pittsburgh Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pin-connected, 11-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 198.2 ft.
Total length: 204.1 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1998
Also called
Joan Marchand Overlook
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.97610, -87.58767   (decimal degrees)
37°58'34" N, 87°35'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/448387/4203326 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Evansville South
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 98001523 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
INNBI 8200006 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39672 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 83.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 2, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • December 22, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • November 16, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • November 4, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Corrected builder name, was built by the Pittsburg Bridge Co.
  • March 31, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • March 30, 2009: Updated by J.P.: added to the historic registry
  • March 29, 2009: Updated by J.P.: Bridge is still in place and waiting to be rehabilitated
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 11, 2011, by Beth (nomicrowave1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember when this bridge was still used for car traffic. It was quite spooky because it had a metal deck that would cause the car to wiggle a little bit and it would make this noise that I can't even describe. We called it "The Singing Bridge". My brother would drive miles out of his way to avoid driving over it.

It is really a beautiful bridge and I am so glad to see it restored to foot traffic. It is part of the Greenway Passage that is still in the process of being built. This is a hiking and biking trail that leads all around Pigeon Creek and the Ohio River from Evansville to Newburgh. You can check it out at http://www.pcgreenway.org/index.html

Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 4, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah.....looks to be in the middle of an industrial area. And the railroad truss that is "smack" up against it will probably never see any more paint. But hopefully this can be the start of a beautification project that will improve the area as a whole. The bridge literally sits on the mouth of Pigeon Creek as it empties into the mighty Ohio River. Good place for a park!

Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 4, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This is one SWEET truss restoration!

Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 4, 2009, by Spanfan (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's a beautiful restoration, but I looked at the area around it via Google & it looks all industrial-not a park or anything. I hope the satellite picture is out of date! It would be a real shame to have such a peaceful, pretty place like that smack in the middle of a bunch of factories & junk. Who would go there?

Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 4, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm glad to see this special bridge finally get the respect it deserves. This is the longest single Pratt through truss remaining in Indiana. William T. Washer built 8 covered bridges in Evansville, and I believe one was formerly located here.

Ohio Street Bridge
Posted November 4, 2009, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Restoration is about finished. I noticed old stone abutments in the water, an 1880 map shows a covered bridge here.