7 votes

Aqueduct Bridge


East end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in March 2009


BH Photo #136587


Aquaduct Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

Abandoned Bridges of Indiana volume 1

video by Mike Daffron


Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Birch Creek on Towpath Road
Clay County, Indiana
Pony truss built ca.1880 by Cleveland Bridge & Iron Co., and through built ca. 1920 by the Vincennes Bridge Co.
- Cleveland Bridge & Iron Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Pratt through truss and Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 165.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 2000
Also called
Coffey Bridge
Clay County Bridge #182
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32643, -87.17951   (decimal degrees)
39°19'35" N, 87°10'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/484527/4353017 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saline City
Inventory numbers
NRHP 00000209 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
INNBI 1100154 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42218 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 24, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 29, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • January 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 18, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted dates of construction
  • April 5, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Aqueduct Bridge
Posted March 24, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Nathan... not sure how I missed that!

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted March 24, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I've never been able to uncover the whole story of this area. The Wabash & Erie Canal came through here, hence the names "Towpath Road" and the nearby "Feederdam Bridge". Birch Creek may have been part of the canal, or may have been a source of water for it. This bridge would have not carried water though.

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted March 24, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The National Register Nomination for this bridge includes a detailed history and explains this bridge's name (as well as Towpath Road)


Aqueduct Bridge
Posted March 24, 2022, by Dennis long (dennislong51 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Why is it called the Aquaduct Bridge? Did it carry water?

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted December 31, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This beauty is in a 3 mile radius of Feederdam, Jeffers, and Courtney. I guess the only bridges that Clay County actually gives a crap about are abandoned.

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted May 25, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In my opinion the pony truss is particularly significant because of its early 1880 construction date and association with a bridge builder that is not well represented in the remaining bridge population.

The DHPA comments for this bridge state that:

The overall pattern of the trusses of each span is fairly conventional. The full-hip design of the pony and the crafting of the verticals are noteworthy, though. The undecorated trusses of each span retain their original members.

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Tom, I was really surprised that it was still standing.

Tony, I think it is about 3 mile west of the Feeder Dam bridge.

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah I didn't know about this one either. Not a through with a pony listed in Cooper's book. The pony looks like the older of the two spans. How close is this to the Feederdam Bridge over the Eel River?

Aqueduct Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Wow Robert, Nice find! Another bridge I didn't know existed. I was within a few miles of this bridge more than once last year and went right past. I'm going to have to pay more attention.