11 votes

Vera Cruz Bridge



Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008



Street View 


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
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Wrought iron pinned Whipple through truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Wabash River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.69856, -85.08296   (decimal degrees)
40°41'55" N, 85°04'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/661962/4507062 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Linn Grove
Inventory number
BH 37008 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (5,759)
Built 1887 (178)
Built during 1880s (1,530)
Bypassed (147)
Closed (2,358)
HAER documented (1,093)
Have street view (19,745)
Indiana (3,704)
Indiana Bridge Co. (73)
NR-eligible (3,926)
Owned by county (18,075)
Pin-connected (2,505)
Savable (36)
TRUSS Award 2013 (14)
Through truss (12,343)
Truss (28,270)
Wabash River (96)
Wells County, Indiana (32)
Whipple truss (247)
Wrought Iron (328)

Update Log 

  • 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 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?