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Elm Street Bridge



Circa 1931


BH Photo #190188

Street Views 


The abutments and piers of this bridge were constructed in 1852-3 to carry the former covered bridge at this location. The county bought the substructure to reuse for this bridge, and after some deliberation it was determined that using electric current to strategically "cut" the timbers at predetermined locations. It apparently worked, although now only the Western abutment remains.


Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on Elm Street in Clinton
Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, and Parke County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge in 1965
Built in 1899. One span collapsed in 1961. Replaced in 1965
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Main span was a pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss,
bracketed with pinned Camelback trusses.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65703, -87.39529   (decimal degrees)
39°39'25" N, 87°23'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/466090/4389766 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 14 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 15
Inventory number
BH 47277 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 18, 2020: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 14, 2020: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 26, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • February 4, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff to tie this and the covered bridge together.
  • January 21, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 14, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 10, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

Related Bridges 


  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Ok...I think I found something. Originally, a Pontoon Bridge was planned but in reality a Bailey Bridge was erected. Hopefully this clears things up

Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've seen so many poorly written articles pertaining to historic bridges in the last few decades that nothing would surprise me Daniel!

I would think that the Bailey truss could have been installed quickly enough that a floating pontoon bridge wouldn't be necessary... So my guess is that it's error in terminology.

But without talking to someone that was there... Who can be sure.

Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

To Clarify, I do understand they are different. When I said they used the words interchangeably I was referring to a newspaper article. Unfortunately I cannot find the exact article as I have went through dozens of articles about the bridge.

Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Daniel

Interesting, I don't recall having heard a Bailey bridge referred to as a pontoon bridge before.

Is that common?

Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Daniel, it's my understanding they use Bailey and pontoon Interchangibly. From what I've read the bridge partially collapsed, had a Bailey bridge, was repaired, closed again and repaired again, then finally replaced. Start to finish the events take place in approximately 3.5 to 4 years.

Elm Street Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Daniel

Odd to see a significant editing mistake in the last paragraph of "River Bridge at Clinton Closed Again". "who appeared in City Court last" seems to have been substituted for what was supposed to be on that line.

I'm curious as to the exact timeline: it collapsed, they installed a Bailey Bridge, they found more damage, they replaced it... but there was also a pontoon bridge, was that just temporary while the permanent span was being erected?

I'm curious as to what the 150hp boiler was in use for. Were they still using portable steam equipment in 64?