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Bean Blossom Covered Bridge



Photo taken by Chris Light

BH Photo #102686


Bean Blossom Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Covered bridge over Bean Blossom Creek on Covered Bridge Road
Brown County, Indiana
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1880 by Capt. Joseph Balsey for $1,200.00
- Capt. Joseph Balsey
Howe-single through truss bridge.
Length of largest span: 57.4 ft.
Total length: 101.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26085, -86.25520   (decimal degrees)
39°15'39" N, 86°15'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/564256/4345988 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0700036 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-07-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 15851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • August 26, 2021: New photo from Garrett DiDomizio
  • August 20, 2021: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • March 7, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • March 14, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 4, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 12, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • December 14, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected builder's name per Brown County history book and added cost.
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Modified truss type
  • August 18, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Light


  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jesse Sharkoman Berube - jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com


Bean Blossom Covered Bridge
Posted December 21, 2020, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

I read in an older book about historic bridges of the middle west that the bean blossom at one point had collapsed. Does anyone know what that refers to? Possibly partial decking collapse and had been rebuilt?

Bean Blossom Covered Bridge
Posted December 6, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

For the covered bridge enthusiast, This is one of Indiana's most loved. I have visited this bridge several times and never tire of it.The serenity of the area surrounding the bridge just keeps calling folks back time and time again.