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Liberty Mills Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in April 2009


BH Photo #139213



Through truss bridge over Eel River on 1st St. in Liberty Mills.
Wabash County, Indiana
Built ca. 1890
Pinned-Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Eel River Bridge
1st St. Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.03806, -85.73806   (decimal degrees)
41°02'17" N, 85°44'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/606071/4543748 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Whitley West
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8500535 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
  • April 27, 2010: New photos from Tom Hall
  • January 30, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 26, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com


Liberty Mills Bridge
Posted August 26, 2017, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today. It is closed and badly overgrown, so sad.

Liberty Mills Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure... I just noticed the "Imminent Failure" warning and checked the NBI and indeed it was closed. It's been a few years since I was up there but I plan a visit that way in the next few weeks. Doubt it's as doom-and-gloom as it's made out to be. Would be total hogwash to do anything less than restore it given the proximity of the Main Street Bridge. Another case of the crappy job a certain firm did evaluating some of these structures.

Liberty Mills Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

By the way, what's even wrong with this bridge? Its hard to tell from a handful of overview photos, but it looks to be in decent shape.

Liberty Mills Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is a shame. As its non-select I assume the result of closure is that it will be be immediately sentenced to the dumpster.

Bridge Management Plans are great when they save historic bridges that are feasible to save. But when they allow the owner to condemn without question a beautiful pin-connected through truss that carries a whopping 40 ADT (thats a mere 10% of the AASHTO Very Low Volume Road threshold) and has a detour for trucks of less than a mile... well that's just plain stupid... total epic failure in the most exquisite sense.