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Steenbarger Bridge


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


View more info about Indiana historic bridges from the SHAARD database

BH Photo #157240



Lost two-span through truss bridge over Flatrock River on CR 800 N
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1880; Partial Collapse 1950; Rehabilitated 1953; Replaced 1992
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Whipple through truss
Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 380.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
St. Louis Crossing Bridge
County Bridge #74
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32059, -85.89126   (decimal degrees)
39°19'14" N, 85°53'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/595574/4352940 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300069 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38844 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 25, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 4, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name and builder(s)
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Steenbarger Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

The reason that all 3 spans of the George Steenbarger bridge was not 3 "Big Bridges" was because in 1951 an army truck form Camp atterbury knocked the 3rd span of the "Big Bridge" into the River and the county road department replaced it with what is in the Photo But it origionally was 3 "Big Bridges"

Steenbarger Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

I have heard other people tell me that the Steve Owens Bridge on County Road 550N that was across the Flat Rock River was either identical or else similar to the George Steenbarger Bridge with the style of the way the bridge was built but i have never heard of when the Steve Owens Bridge was built or was torn down. But a concrete Bridge is the only kind of bridge there now, nothing fancy about the Bridge

Steenbarger Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

I would love to see and have more pictures put on the website of the Bridge when someone finds any

Steenbarger Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by Anonymous

I was born by this bridge and i dearly miss it and i want it either back where it was or else put where they said it was going to go after it got replaced with what is currently in its place ( the people who worked for the county road department said they were going to move it to Mill Race Park where the Flat Rock and Driftwood Rivers form White River or the Breeding farm once it got taken out )