11 votes

Vera Cruz Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008


BH Photo #120061


Street View 


Vera Cruz Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Whipple through truss bridge over Wabash River on a bypassed section of SR 301
Wells County, Indiana
Closed to all traffic
Built in 1887 by Indiana Bridge Co., bypassed by a new bridge in 1984
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Wrought iron 12-panel, pinned Whipple through truss
Span length: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Wabash River Old SR 301 Bridge
Old Indiana State Highway Bridge #316-90-6418
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.69864, -85.08297   (decimal degrees)
40°41'55" N, 85°04'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/661961/4507070 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Linn Grove
Inventory number
BH 37008 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 12, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • February 18, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 30, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • October 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • February 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name and HAER data
  • April 11, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 30, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • August 8, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • August 5, 2008: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 31, 2008: Added by Anthony Dillon



Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted February 19, 2019, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Get on them Tony. He promised to take care of that.

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted February 18, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My concern with this bridge has always been with the abutments. The stones are somewhat smaller than average and there has been some movement probably due to tree roots. I was up there with some INDOT and Wells County officials a couple years back and asked that those trees at the ends be removed. The district guy for the state said they would do that but I see it never got done! I'll have to get back with Indiana Landmarks as this is a must save!

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted February 18, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I stuck a few on site, but I couldn't get under the bridge: too flooded.

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted February 18, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any photos Mike?

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted February 18, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Holy Crap!! It may just be the flooded conditions around the bridge at the time, but this guy looks in dire shape!

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted January 26, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey, Workin' Bridges is looking for people that want to turn this bridge area into a park. There is some interest at DOT level to take the trees out of the abutment. If we can find a group of people interested we may be able to make this case.

I have more pictures on my flickr page of this stunning Whipple.


Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted January 25, 2016, by Kelly (wildbilly0690 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have family right down the road from this bridge. We used to drive 2 hours to get here when I was a kid and we always got to cross this old iron bridge unless the river was so high it flowed over the deck. It was pretty sad when they built the new bridge and totally cut the road from the old bridge. Grampa told me that anyone could buy of for $1, but you have to insure it, hence, nobody bought it. I don't know how true that is. I drive by it about once a year now, it brings back fond memories from when I was a kid in the 70's. I hope it stands another 100 years!

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted June 15, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The new bridge was built 1984.

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted December 22, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

This is the wrought iron bridge that Jim Barker suggested I go see when I was starting to take interest in the iron trusses. The conversation between Jim and I was centered on Whipples and I was not disappointed when I arrived at the bridge. I am however, many years later, concerned when I see pictures of the bridge sitting somewhat precariously on the abutments. I know that one abutment is free standing wheras the other side still has the approach to protect it somewhat. This reminds me of the eventual fate of the Bell's Ford Covered Bridge in Jackson Co, In. I hope that the Vera Cruz bridge is dealt with in a positive manner in the very near future.

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted March 20, 2009, by anthony dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was at this bridge last August. It is wrought iron so the trusses are in pretty good shape. However the problem lies with the trees that are growing at the ends of the bridge. The abutments are made of unusually small stones, and the tree roots are starting to cause some major seperation.

This bridge is listed on the INDOT bridge adoption page. I had heard for some time that there were plans to move it into Blufton over the Wabash for pedestrian use. Don't know if that is still a possibility or not. With the loss of the Log Lick Creek Whipple truss, we don't need to lose this one too.

Vera Cruz Bridge
Posted March 20, 2009, by Rick McOmber (r [dot] mcomber [at] comcast [dot] net)

Thank you for posting the photos. I was curious of the status of the bridge as I last visited it 3 1/2 years ago. Are there any plans to move the bridge?