2 votes

Garver Bridge



Photo taken Nov. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102721


County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Features a field stone abutment, these were somewhat common in Michigan but rarely seen in Indiana. I assume the other one was originally field stone as well but later replaced with concrete.


Whipple through truss bridge over Deer Creek on CR 100 East
Cass County, Indiana
Future prospects
It was supposed to be moved to Logansport's Riverside Park to become center span of 3 span bridge across Eel River to connect park with "River Bluff Trail", an old railroad grade converted to a trail along the river. Trail organizers have changed their mind due to funding issues, and will be using a prefabricated bridge instead.
Built 1885 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
10-panel, pinned Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 148.9 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.0 ft.
Also called
CR 100E-Deer Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60318, -86.35548   (decimal degrees)
40°36'11" N, 86°21'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/554529/4494907 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Young America
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0900106 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15892 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name
  • November 12, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 24, 2011: Updated by James Norwood: Changed future prospects status.
  • April 18, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • April 4, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • October 3, 2008: Updated by Tom Hall: added photos
  • July 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: changed date
  • January 29, 2007: Posted photo from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, loved your description of the "soggy graham cracker" deck.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge looks about the same now as in 2006, except northside plate gone (Aholes!!). Had a blast and was creeped out by the bouncy deck.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted August 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well all I can say is that it's their loss if they choose to erect a "dime-a-dozen" prefab over a rare historic treasure.

It would have been nice to see this bridge stay in Cass County, but it may well need to be located elsewhere to be preserved.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted August 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They must have hired engineers who don't understand how to properly restore a historic metal truss bridge. Cost to restore a historic bridge should be comparable to constructing a new bridge.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted August 24, 2011, by James Norwood

In a blow to preserving this bridge, trail organizers have decided to NOT use this bridge afterall, but instead a prefabricated type will be put in. I guess it will languish in it's present shape for many more years. Story below....

Logansport Pharos Tribune

August 24, 2011

Plans move forward for Eel River bridge

Logan signs contract with INDOT for trail connection.

by Kevin Lilly

Pharos-Tribune Pharos-Tribune Wed Aug 24, 2011, 06:40 AM EDT

LOGANSPORT — Work on the Eel River Run Trail is expected to begin this year, and construction of a pedestrian bridge over the river at Riverside Park in Logansport could start as soon as next summer.

The projects, though, have undergone significant changes during the last two years.

Because of cost, the trail has been scaled back from its originally proposed two-and-a-half miles. Mercedes Brugh, chairman of the Eel River Run committee, said plans now call for a one-mile pathway from the bridge to the north end of Fourth Street, instead of to Little Turtle Waterway.

“We just couldn’t swing it,” Brugh said.

The bridge will connect the existing River Bluff Trail with the Eel River trail.

Initial plans called for use of a historic, wrought-iron, truss bridge as part of a span over the river. For two years, the committee tried to secure funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation, but to no avail.

The cost to move the structure from over the Deer Creek in southern Cass County and incorporate it into the pedestrian bridge over the Eel River was too much, Brugh said.

“It just was not meant to be,” she said.

Now, the bridge will be a 377.5-foot-long, prefabricated, metal structure.

Brugh said Indiana-based contractor Phend & Brown Inc. will start this year on the trail portion of the projects, which have a total price tag of about $3 million.

Brugh said she is hoping that bridge project will not cost more than $1.5 million.

Both the trail and the pedestrian bridge will be funded by an 80/20 match.

Brugh said Milt Cole, owner of Cole Hardwood, promised up to $800,000 to be used for the 20 percent local match needed to secure the federal funds. Cole could not be reached for comment.

Logansport’s Board of Works and Public Safety signed a contract last week with INDOT that will allow the city to receive federal funds for the bridge.

The trail, once completed, will go past the central fire station before turning on Seventh Street to Race Street and then to Riverside Park.

Parks Administrator Jan Fawley has reported the trail will take six months to complete while the bridge could take as long as a year.

Brugh said construction documents for the bridge would be ready early next year.

“We will be ready to bid in January,” she said.

• Kevin Lilly is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or kevin.lilly@pharostribune.com.


County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2010, by James Norwood

Updated info from local Newspaper "Pharos Tribune" details current status.


September 29, 2010

Contractors making preparations to build bridge on Logansport trail

Taking samples an early step in construction

by Kevin Lilly

Pharos-Tribune Pharos-Tribune Wed Sep 29, 2010, 06:59 AM EDT

LOGANSPORT — The first phase of the construction process for a pedestrian bridge over the Eel River began this week.

Crews from multiple companies gathered at Riverside Park on Monday and Tuesday to remove core samples from strata below the river. Bill Carnes, owner of GUS Commercial Divers and B.C. Welding, said the procedure was one of the most important steps in bridge building.

“This is kind of like the foundation of a house,” he said.

The core samples will be sent to engineers at Earth Exploration out of Indianapolis for analysis. Before a bridge can be built from Riverside Park to the River Bluff Trail, the company must know what is below the river to determine the depth at which the bridge pilings will be driven into the riverbed.

“They’ll check for those properties that they are looking for before they start construction processes to make sure it’s a good site and not going to have any problems,” Carnes said.

The bridge is for the Eel River Run Trail, which is a 2.5-mile path to connect Little Turtle Waterway with the River Bluff Trail. Designs for the trail include two new pedestrian bridges and a park honoring veterans at the north end of Fourth Street.

The trail, which has an overall price tag of $2.75 million, is now fully funded after receiving a $1 million grant this month.

The project received a total of $2.2 million in grants and about $550,000 from local contributions, which included the city’s initial gift, ongoing fundraising activities and donations of time and money from individuals, businesses and organizations.

Among the gifts is a donation by Milt Cole to fund the bridge at Riverside Park.

Parks administrator Janet Fawley said the bridge would feature part of a historic wrought iron truss bridge that spans Deer Creek in southern Cass County. Plans call for it to be a centerpiece for the bridge over the Eel River.

Fawley says project planners are seeking another grant for use of the truss bridge on 100 East.

“It takes more money to make something historic usable again than it does to just put in a brand new bridge,” she said.

In 2008, Cass County commissioners agreed to relinquish the bridge for use in the trail project. It has been closed for many years, but Fawley believes it will be aesthetically pleasing over the Eel River.

“I think it will just look great down here at Riverside Park,” she said. Carnes explained that samples were acquired using a drilling rig set up on a barge provided by his company, GUS Commercial

Divers out of Granger. The sampling took place about 100 feet from Riverside Park shore and 150 feet from the opposite bank, he said. Drilling should be finished this week. Not long after starting, workers hit rock thought to be limestone, which makes drilling more difficult. Carnes said many riverbeds have two to three feet of gravel then go to clay, but not the Eel River.

“You guys have a lot of rock down here,” he said.

People using the trail and Riverside Park stopped by to watch the drilling, which took place on the park’s east side.

Fawley hopes bridge construction will be under way by this time next year.

• Kevin Lilly is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or kevin.lilly@pharostribune.com.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted April 18, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree with you James. I hope they follow through with their plans for this span. With the unnecessary(and ASININE) loss of the Log Lick Creek Bridge in Switzerland County, we can't afford to let another Whipple truss go.

This bridge has interesting verticals. They are "sideways" for one thing. The lacing plates are cut off on the ends and double riveted on both sides. Don't know that I've seen one quite like that.

County Road 100 East Deer Creek Bridge
Posted April 18, 2009, by James Norwood

I stopped by for the first time to see this bridge today. My late Grandmother(Ulery's)grew up near this bridge and always told me about the days they spent on or around this structure when her and her many siblings used to wander around the old home's vicinity when they were kids. I must have heard her talk about it a hundred times. There is still nothing to update as far as this bridge being saved and moved to Logansport. I see locals are using it for a ATV trail that is clearly cut out on the old roadway approach pavement that is left. You can see the Overflow Bridge down the old road to the North of this bridge but I hadn't made it that far yet, perhaps another visit someday.

Vines and trees have intertwined themselves into some of the bridge structure, especially the South approach area. Years of abandonment can be told in some of the many holes found on the asphalt deck where severely rusted out pieces running North South across the main supports are severly decayed. You can still see traces where they had painted the bridge silver at one time as well. I added a few of my photos from today for all to view. I hope they save this beautiful structure.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted January 5, 2009, by James

I have found new info stating that this bridge will have a new name after the move to Logansport. "Doodlebug Bridge" is in honor of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Doodlebug trains that used to pass nearby. I have never found evidence they passed along the old rail line the River Bluff Trail is on, but the nearby Logansport to South Bend Pennsylvania Railroad(Vandalia RR)line hosted these type of trains. The old Vandalia is a line that formerly split off the Eel River rail line at 6th Street near the current Logansport and Eel River Short-line Railroad's building and turned Northeast towards Lucerne, Culver, and finally the aforementioned South Bend. The Doodlebugs were basically a gasoline powered railroad passenger car, no additional engines needed as it was self propelled. These cars were used for just a few short years instead of a normal passenger train due to the lower operating cost. It's been a year since the announcment of this bridge being moved and nothing has happened. I will update if I hear more.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 4, 2008, by James

November 4, 2008. Last week the Logansport Pharos Tribune Newspaper featured a story about how the Cass County Commissioners have cleared the way for this bridge to be moved(didn't mention restore, but I am sure that would have to happen)to Logansport to be the centerspan of a 3 span bridge across the Eel River connecting Riverside Park to the "River Bluff Trail" which is located along the former Eel River Railroad(Detroit & Eel River, PRR, PC)ROW directly across from the park. It would be for pedestrian traffic only and no timetable or final plans have been mentioned as far as a removel date. I know that Milt Cole of Cole Hardwood Incorporated in Logansport is bankrolling at least a portion of the construction of this new Eel River crossing. Hopefully they can build it up enough to withstand any future flooding as the park and trail are situated very low beside the river. We will see.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted October 3, 2008, by RB (jrbozell45 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Summer 07

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just a couple of notes on this bridge. The date of construction is 1885, and it is a Whipple truss. Don't know what the county has in mind, but I hope they restore it!