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Independence-Riverside Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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BH Photo #156408



Built at the same time and under the same contract as the Shawnee Bridge, the total being for $89,990. Both spans were built solely by Warren County with no financial support from Fountain County on the other side of the Wabash. The cut stone substructures were built at the same time and did not come from an earlier crossing.


Lost through truss bridge over Wabash River on Riverside Road
Warren County, Indiana, and Fountain County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1905, rehabilitated in 1971, replaced in 1993
- Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana (Fabricator)
- William P. Carmichael Co. of Williamsport, Indiana (Substructure)
- Wilmer H. Gemmer (Designer)
5-span, riveted, double-intersection Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 708.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Fountain County Bridge #181
Warren County Bridge #73
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33481, -87.16789   (decimal degrees)
40°20'05" N, 87°10'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/485739/4464932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8600061 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39718 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added additional information
  • November 20, 2010: Posted HAER photos
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and GPS coordinates
  • March 25, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Post-mortem information
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER IN-67 - Riverside-Independence Bridge, Spanning Wabash River at County Road 500, Riverside vicinity, Fountain County, IN


Independence-Riverside Bridge
Posted January 19, 2016, by Jared Jernagan (jernagaj [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember riding across this bridge as a kid, and it terrified me. It may have been a near twin to Shawnee Bridge, but I've crossed that bridge hundreds of times in my life and never blinked.

I think it's the difference of a paved deck vs. the wooden deck of the Independence bridge.

Regardless, looking back, it is a shame that old ones like this are gone, if only as artifacts. Glad we still have the Shawnee Bridge.

Independence-Riverside Bridge
Posted April 17, 2010, by James Norwood

Another great loss I had the pleasure of crossing shortly before it was removed.