4 votes

Black's Mill Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #115561


Two-span pony truss bridge over Mississinewa River on CR 700 North
Delaware County, Indiana
Bridge dismantled and stored for reuse, new bridge built at site.
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1979; closed in December 2003
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
riveted Pratt pony trusses
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 165.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29167, -85.31250   (decimal degrees)
40°17'30" N, 85°18'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/643433/4461496 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1800089 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16070 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated status, bridge is being replaced and stored.
  • May 16, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 25, 2008: New photos from Tom Hall
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com


Black's Mill Bridge
Posted May 27, 2012, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Crossed this bridge today, it is now a typical 180 ft. long U.C.E.B. with a a plaque on the East end

Black's Mill Bridge
Posted June 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This has been in the works for some time now. The county skirted preservation guidelines by not using federal money for replacement. It is good that the bridge is being saved, but I fear the two spans will end up in different locations instead of staying together. Also some really nice cut stone abutments from an even earlier span will be lost.

The county is also planning to dismantle the Albany Bridge in the fall for a new bridge at that location. Replacement plans for this span in the 90's were stopped and deemed unnecessary due to a new bridge 1/2 mile away. I'm not sure why it is any different now.

Black's Mill Bridge
Posted June 15, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is being replaced by the county, but will be stored for reuse. http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20100614/NEWS01/6140309

Black's Mill Bridge
Posted August 17, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The last information that I had, was that the bridge is to be dismantled and reused in an undetermined location. The county is planning a new bridge at this location. They wanted to bypass the preservation guidelines, so they are supposedly not using any federal funds.

Black's Mill Bridge
Posted August 17, 2009, by Jim C

This bridge is currently closed to traffic. I am unsure if it is being restored or replaced.