Photo taken by Ben Tate in August 2011
BH Photo #210295
The correct name for this bridge is Butler Ford Bridge. It was an important structure on the old Vandalia Road and was built around 1892. Butler is a Registered Historic Structure (somewhere I have a copy of the papers). I will dig this info up very soon and update it, including a photograph when it was still in recent use.
It's always nice to stumble upon a "lost" bridge. The Madisonville Bridge was thought to be lost after it was replaced and removed in 2005. After I stumbled upon a Pratt through truss frame sitting in a field, I asked some workers about it. They said a local couple wanted purchased it when they heard it was being replaced. They said they have a great spot on their land for it. However for the last 6 years it's been sitting in a field with no deck. The man said the wife was the one who really wanted to restore it, and he believes they will get around to it someday. By the way, the workers I talked to were replacing the wooden deck on the Brush Creek Road Bridge(ca.1911) at the time. They said if the state had the money, it would have been replaced. Thankfully, they chose to replace the deck since it was the cheaper route.