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Wrightsman Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

BH Photo #115552



Wrightsman Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

Abandoned Bridges of Indiana # 4

video by Mike Daffron


Closed through truss bridge over North Fork Salt Creek on Hickory Hill Road
Brown County, Indiana
Closed to all traffic
Built in 1908 by the Pan American Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana.
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 87.5 ft.
Total length: 123.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Hickory Hill Road Bridge
Brown County Bridge #36
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.18288, -86.30346   (decimal degrees)
39°10'58" N, 86°18'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/560159/4337302 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0700028 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15852 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2013)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 14, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • July 20, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 19, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • December 3, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 9, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 25, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • August 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • February 14, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • October 2, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 22, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Common name and NRHP listing


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Wrightsman Bridge
Posted December 9, 2012, by Anonymous

What's that across from the chair, a washtub?

Bond Cemetery Road Bridge
Posted March 30, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built by the Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle,IN. The first time I visited it there was a plaque that has since went missing. The bridge is in bad shape and one of the abutments(cassions) is heaving inward. It would probably have to be taken down and repaired. Historically it is known as the Wrightsman Bridge.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Bond Cemetery Road Bridge
Posted August 19, 2006, by Paul W. Caudell (mars [at] kiva [dot] net)

Are there any citizens restorative organizations where some funding may be available to effect repairs on this bridge so it can be traffic borne once again. Please advise.