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Providence Bridge


St. Mary Of the Woods Vigo County IN Indiana Vigo Co

Old postcard


BH Photo #462760


The location is just a guess


Arched Pratt Deck Truss Bridge on a pedestrian path at St. Mary of the Woods College.
St. Mary of the Woods, Vigo County, Indiana
Arched Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.50693, -87.46458   (decimal degrees)
39°30'25" N, 87°27'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/460059/4373136 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 12 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 1
560 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 87552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 21, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Info, chiefly name + year of loss
  • December 21, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • December 21, 2019: Added by Mike Daffron
  • December 20, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron


  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


Providence Bridge
Posted December 21, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Best guess on the location? Somewhere a bit northeast of the South Ravine bridge (BH 71704).

St Mary Of The Woods Bridge
Posted December 21, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

After some digging, I think I have the answer.

This was known as the Providence Bridge. According to this book, it spanned a path between Sisters of Providence on the east side and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on the west.


It was also removed in favor of a straight path across the ravine in 1989.

Incidentally...I have more bad news for you. One of those two interesting bridges in St. Mary's is now gone:


No idea how far back this bridge dates, but here are some more vintage postcards that date back to the early 1900s that I managed to find while searching:


St Mary Off The Woods Bridge
Posted December 21, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I imagine this is long gone, but there are at least two other interesting bridges in St Marys: the South Ravine Bridge and Le Fer Bridge. Both are now pedestrian bridges. I have been here several times, but not to look for bridges. This now goes on my to-do list.