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Spencerville Covered Bridge 14-17-01


Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer


BH Photo #110126

Street View 


Covered bridge over Saint Joseph River on CR 68
De Kalb County, Indiana
Reopened June 2013 after repairs after being heavily damaged by a semi driver who crossed it.
Built 1873 by John McKay
- John McKay (Agent & Contractor)
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio (Fabricator)
Smith type 4 through truss
Length of largest span: 63.9 ft.
Total length: 159.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1981
Also called
Coburn covered bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28136, -84.91448   (decimal degrees)
41°16'53" N, 84°54'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/674652/4572089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Joe
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1700004 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 81000010 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 14-17-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 15995 (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: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,635)
Built 1873 (117)
Built during 1870s (1,324)
Covered (2,274)
De Kalb County, Indiana (31)
Have street view (29,168)
Indiana (5,110)
John McKay (3)
NR-listed (3,014)
One-lane traffic (7,921)
Open (41,013)
Owned by county (21,656)
Select (531)
Smith Bridge Co. (115)
Smith truss (56)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,459)
Through truss (17,188)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,233)
Truss (35,937)
Wooden deck (6,173)

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • May 14, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added additional builder info.
  • May 12, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 25, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reopened after repairs
  • September 27, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge closed after being heavily damaged
  • August 14, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • May 19, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added name
  • February 13, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 25, 2008: New photos from Tom Hall
  • September 2, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon



Spencerville Covered Bridge
Posted September 27, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Once again, an ignorant truck driver has attempted to drive their rig across an historic bridge. This moron actually made it all of the way across while knocking out most of the upper lateral bracing and the portals as he went. The really amazing thing here is that a modern bypass span sit just a few hundred feet downstream. This earned him a visit to the DeKalb County Jail and hopefully he will have insurance to cover the estimated $100,000 in damage.


Spencerville Covered Bridge
Posted February 26, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

One rating missed- Fishing GOOD Large enough windows to fish and stay out of rain!