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Paint Creek Bridge


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


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BH Photo #156308



Pony truss bridge over Paint Creek on Meridian Road at 420N
Carroll County, Indiana
Built 1887
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 76.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60774, -86.52508   (decimal degrees)
40°36'28" N, 86°31'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/540177/4495321 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0800063 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38878 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted GPS coordinates
  • April 22, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Paint Creek Bridge
Posted April 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Lee for posting this photo. Always good to have historical documentation of a bridge. I will make the change to the date, as it is obviously pre-1900 due to the stone abutments. I had seen this listed in Cooper's book as well.

Paint Creek Bridge
Posted April 22, 2009, by Lee Appleton (appltnf [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge was torn out several years ago, Dont know the date, and the stone abutmentts are still there. This picture is from a series of postcards made years ago from my collection. In my younger years I crossed the bridge many times.

Lee Appleton

Paint Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes........would love to have the picture posted. Is the bridge still there? It looks like it is missing on Google Earth. I saw this bridge several years back and took pictures. Also drove across the Bowstring and the beautiful Dayton Road Bridge in Delphi before the PSI truck took it out. Took pictures of all of these bridges only to find out later my film had jammed and I got nothing. Thank God for digital.

Paint Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2009, by Lee Appleton (appltnf [at] aol [dot] com)

I have a picture of this bridge if you would like for this site. Also, the publication "Iron Monuments to distant Posterity, Indiana's Metal Bridges, 1870 - 1930" page 119 states that this bridge is a single Milwaukee Pratt, built by the Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Company in 1887.

Let me know if you would like the picture.

Lee Appleton