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Whipple Ford Bridge


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


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BH Photo #157748


Featured a "Beehive style" IBCo plaque from the early 1890's


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Sand Creek on CR 620 S
Decatur County, Indiana
Collapsed due to an overweight truck
Built 1891; collapsed January 4, 1993
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 132.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Also called
Sand Creek-CR 600S Bridge
County Bridge #146
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.24709, -85.53349   (decimal degrees)
39°14'50" N, 85°32'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/626547/4345221 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1600121 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38947 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 91.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Sand Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tom, you're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

Thanks for finding this article Melissa! I never got to see this bridge, but do remember the article at the front page of Greensburg Daily News when I was like 12. These trucks called 2-ton definitely weigh more than 2 tons(like 14,000 empty). After this bridge collapsed, the engineering firm reduced weight limits on most older bridges in the county. Today Decatur County has no more historic metal trusses open for traffic. Thanks again Melissa.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

For Tom Hoffman

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was bridge 146. It was destroyed by an overweight feed truck around the time indicated it was replaced.