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S Hill Covered Bridge 14-83-02


Vintage postcard scan.

Scan by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #165867



The S Hill Covered Bridge originally crossed Brouillettes Creek about 1 mile northwest of Universal. In 1994 the bridge was disassembled by Mr. Dan Shaw and stored at the Geneva Hills Golf Course, northwest of Clinton. Upon his death, Mr. Shaw left the bridge to Vermillion County for "reconstruction in Vermillion County only." The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, but was removed in 1999, and is listed as #14-83-02 in the 1989 World Guide. After sitting exposed for several years in a park at St. Bernice, the timbers of this bridge are now stored in a barn at the Skinner Farm Museum near Perrysville. Mr. Skinner is trying to secure funding to reassemble the bridge on the museum grounds.

There has always been confusion about the name of this bridge. The S refers to the curves in the road approaching the bridge and does not stand for South. Thus it is the "S" Hill Covered Bridge.


Dismantled Covered bridge originally over Brouillettes Creek on Brouillettes Road
Vermillion County, Indiana
In storage at Skinner Farm Museum and will hopefully be reassembled in the near future.
Built 1879, disassembled in 1994
- Joseph J. Daniels
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 122.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.63471, -87.48236   (decimal degrees)
39°38'05" N, 87°28'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/458607/4387326 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-83-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 45304 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: updated NRHP info
  • January 10, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as this bridge has not been reassembled at this time. Also added information about the name.
  • May 19, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com