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Reddington Bridge


Big Sand Creek Bridge

The Republic: November 29 1972


BH Photo #442773



This may have been the old bridge that originally had a covered span paired with a metal truss. The covered bridge was replaced in the 30's or 40's with a slab. It was said to cross Sand Creek but is right near it's confluence with the East Fork of the White River. If the location is correct then the bridge was never replaced.

The man who drove the overloaded truck had the last name of Mellencamp... Given the location he was likely a relative of John "Cougar" Mellencamp.


Lost Through truss bridge on County Road 1000 South over Sand Creek
Bartholomew County, Indiana, and Jackson County, Indiana
Pratt through truss
Also called
Big Sand Creek CR 1000S Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.05612, -85.84675   (decimal degrees)
39°03'22" N, 85°50'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/599784/4323637 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Bartholomew County, Indiana (73)
Collapsed (395)
Indiana (4,946)
Jackson County, Indiana (82)
Lost (25,266)
Lost 1972 (80)
Lost during 1970s (804)
Owned by county (20,943)
Pratt through truss (5,458)
Pratt truss (9,395)
Through truss (15,283)
Truss (33,136)

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • January 22, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
  • January 22, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch


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


Reddington Bridge
Posted November 7, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I went looking for evidence of the old bridge today. On the south side the road is roped off with Posted No Trespassing! For the north side the old road appears to be the driveway to the last house before where the bridge was. So I don't know if anyone will ever have a chance to get to go near.

Big Sand Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony ! I also enjoy your phrase "added stuff"

Big Sand Creek CR 1000S Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Mike and Melissa, I put that in the description as I believe he likely was a relative to John. Also the article said the bridge was a half mile East of US 31, but that is incorrect as it was West of the highway and was not replaced.

Big Sand Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Seriously Mike Daffron, that was my first thought !

Big Sand Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'll bet the offending driver was related to Old Johnny Cougar, think?