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Galbraith Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

BH Photo #115576


Galbraith Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

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Pratt through truss bridge over Clifty Creek on CR 1150 East
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Open as of 09/15/2017
Built in 1920 by the Brookville Bridge Company
- Brookville Bridge Co. of Brookville, Ohio
Riveted, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 126.2 ft.
Total length: 130.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Possom Glory Bridge
County Bridge #47
Clifty Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.29194, -85.69556   (decimal degrees)
39°17'31" N, 85°41'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/612490/4349985 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300043 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15804 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 20, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 14, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 15, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Reopened and ready to travel
  • March 28, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 31, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed builder and date based on new information
  • September 24, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is open again.
  • January 16, 2012: New photo from Chris Wanninger
  • December 18, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is currently closed
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Riveted"
  • March 21, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • March 19, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chris Wanninger
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Galbraith Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Tom Hoffman

Yes, the bridge has been reopened with once again a 12 ton limit. I didn't have a chance to get close look on what was done, like if a drainage system was installed at the north abutment. But I did notice that a rough bump was created at the north end(with grade). That could be rough on the bridge and abutment with vehicles coming down the grade and especially not noticing the bump. I wouldn't think it would cost much to correct that.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted September 15, 2017, by Mike Daffron

Talked to a local gentleman who told me that Galbraith had been open about 6 months. Unfortunately, Fall Fork bridge is still closed. He did not know whether it is to be repaired or not.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted October 24, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Looks like it's going to get a proper rehab, not because it's historic but because it's cost effective!!:


Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 18, 2012, by Julie bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Theevery bridge is different though. Workin' Bridges does estimates on the full range of trusses. Call us at 641 260 1262. Quality doesnt have to cost extra.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 18, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


It is difficult to give a precise estimate of cost without at minimum a detailed understanding of the condition of a bridge (detail photos, bridge inspection report). The desired weight limit after rehab can also affect scope of work and thus cost also. However, based on Tony's comments about the condition of the bridge and experience with rehabs elsewhere on similar bridges, I strongly agree that rehab would be a fraction of the cost to replace. The abutment may be one of the more expensive parts of rehabbing this bridge, and keep in mind a replacement bridge would require new abutments also. If the only major work the truss requires is only the flooring system, than rehab would be vastly less expensive than replacement.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 18, 2012, by Julie bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Theevery bridge is different though. Workin' Bridges does estimates on the full range of trusses. Call us at 641 260 1262. Quality doesnt have to cost extra.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 18, 2012, by Julie bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The cost to completely restore and create new abutments for a 79' pratt almost 600,000 for vehicle traffic. Includes everything. I know a concrete span would have needed new piers too.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 16, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm not much of a number cruncher Chris...Nathan could likely help with the dollars and cents. But sufficed to say it could be repaired and reopened for a fraction of the cost to build a new one. The bridge needs a new Northern abutment with a drainage system built into it, and the floor system needs to be worked on. The trusses are in great shape and there is no rational reason to replace this bridge. Bartholomew County has mostly done a decent job retaining it's truss bridges and I just don't get why they are compromising on this one.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted January 16, 2012, by Chris Wanninger

I'm very curious to know what kind of costs are involved in replacing a bridge vs repairing an existing one. Do you have any knowledge of this Tony?

Galbraith Bridge
Posted December 20, 2011, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Tony posted a nice one here. Well done like his pics of the restored Bostick Rd. Whipple near Ft. Wayne, Ind, which is near my home turf.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted December 18, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was the only through truss of several remaining on the county road system that did not receive Select status on the recent Historic Bridge Inventory. This despite the fact that the county has done work on it in recent years. When I was there in March of last year I did notice some rusting underneath, but nothing I deemed "life threatening" I was more concerned with cracking in the Northern abutment putting the span in danger. It sits at the bottom of a steep hill and I think that water running down it may be causing the problems. That abutments could easily be replaced with a drainage system installed, and the flooring system of the bridge repaired. The bridge would then be good for many more years of service.

Bartholomew County has done a nice job saving their remaining trusses, and it would be a shame to see them give up on this one that is located in a beautiful setting.

Galbraith Bridge
Posted December 18, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed on Thursday, Dec.15th. According to an article in the Columbus Republic (Sat.12-17-11, pg. A3) the bridge was closed by county commissioners after a bridge inspector noticed "weakness in the main support beam". It was placed on a watch list and due for replacement in a few years but will now have to be replaced much sooner.It was downgraded to a 5 ton limit. There is no timetable to re-open the bridge and a detour has been placed. The bridge is known locally as "Possum Glory Bridge". It is located two miles north of Hartsville. The article mistakenly placed the bridge on C.R. 1050 East which does not cross Clifty Creek. It would be a shame to lose another iron bridge over Clifty after losing the S.R. 7 Bridge earlier this year. The stream offers six iron and three old stone bridges along its 40.8 mile course through a mostly rural scenic area of Southern Indiana.

Clifty Creek Bridge
Posted March 22, 2010, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Those are some really cool photos of the bridge; especially the ones built by Vicennes!!!

JS :-)