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Higginsport Bridge


From Higginsport side of creek

Road appears to be used only by campers. The bridge itself seems to be solid enough for light-duty use, but something would need to be done quickly.

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in April 2010


BH Photo #162113



This bridge contains a a-frame lattice portal bracing with a cast iron decorative detail at the base of the a-frame. This is a detail associated with the Smith Bridge Company, and this bridge is thus associated with that company.


Abandoned Whipple Truss bridge over White Oak Creek on Big Run Rd.
Higginsport, Brown County, Ohio
Built ca.1885
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Pinned Whipple through truss, likely wrought iron
Length of largest span: 176.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.79353, -83.95359   (decimal degrees)
38°47'37" N, 83°57'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/243476/4298008 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
BH 44835 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • June 5, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • April 24, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder, dimensions, corrected date.
  • April 24, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated description
  • April 11, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger



Higginsport Bridge
Posted April 27, 2018, by roger meade (rmvlogs18 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Me and a few friends have been there and looked around and it was very cool. Believe it or not we even jumped off of it . We jumped from the top part and it was scary. I have a friend named Nixon and he is about 350 pounds and he even jumped from the very top part.

Higginsport Bridge
Posted June 9, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

so cool! built in 1885? thanks for posting!

Higginsport Bridge
Posted November 18, 2013, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I rode across this bridge with my parents in the 1970's. That's hard to imagine looking at it now, but it was open for a long time after it was bypassed. Not sure when it closed, late 70's or early 80's. The last posted limit on it was 3 tons. Wish some benefactor could come along for it like the Loughery Creek Triple Whipple in Indiana.