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Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11



Photo taken by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102802


This aqueduct replaced an earlier aqueduct which was built in 1843 and washed away by a flood in August, 1846. The current aqueduct was built at a cost of $8,000.


Covered aqueduct carrying Whitewater Canal over Duck Creek at Metamora
Metamora, Franklin County, Indiana
Built 1847; rebuilt 1949, repaired 2018
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 71.0 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Also called
Whitewater Canal Aqueduct
Metamora Aqueduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.44613, -85.13002   (decimal degrees)
39°26'46" N, 85°07'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/660908/4367954 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-24-11 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 16149 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 26, 2020: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Note repaired and open status
  • May 12, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • April 13, 2018: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • November 16, 2016: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Bridge damged in flood Sept. 2016.
  • September 9, 2014: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 25, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added description
  • October 21, 2010: Updated by Eric Root: added to Aqueduct category
  • September 7, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • February 22, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 23, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • June 27, 2008: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 6, 2006: Posted photo from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HABS IN-24-20 - Whitewater Canal Aqueduct, Spanning Duck Creek, Whitewater Canal (carried ove, Metamora, Franklin County, IN
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Canalling in the Whitewater Valley - by Paul Fatout, gives date for first aquaduct loss as 1846 and replacement cost.
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted April 13, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Posted photos of aqueduct with repairs underway. Looks like repairs should be done by summer, though LOTS of silt needs to be dug out of miles of canal. That was a part of the cause of the aqueduct failing IMHO. I remember what it looked like 50 years ago and recently the canal has become very shabby.

Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted March 26, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Was past the Aqueduct last week. The floor has been removed and I would assume is being rebuilt. The canal itself has seen some activity with the removal of silt underway. The Canal boat the "Ben Franklin III" is showing some effects from being out in the open for two winters. (It is usually under a cover in the lock south of town during winter but was on the wrong side of the aqueduct when it failed.) I don't expect to see the aqueduct repaired before at least late summer of 2018.

Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted November 17, 2016, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The responsibility for the canal and it's structures was transfered a few years ago from the Dept. of Natural Resources to the Indiana State Museum. I wonder if the State Museum was ready for what it was getting into. The canal has silted up considerably and the lock needs repairs.

Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted November 17, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I thought it looked kinda "Saggy"when I was there a couple weeks ago! It is normal for them to divert the water off of the canal in winter and is obviously the best time for maintenance... Although it sounds as if it might not be in service for 2017 season. Better safe than sorry with this unique structure, and it will probably require constant maintenance due to the load carried. I hope they also do some work on the Eastern abutment, tuck-pointing and such.

Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted November 16, 2016, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Duck Creek Aqueduct suffered structural damage after heavy rains in Sept. 2016. The canal has been diverted off the aqueduct and much silt has been removed from the floor as a first step in repairs. Estimates of date for repair have been reported as sometime in late 2017.

Duck Creek Aqueduct Covered Bridge 14-24-11
Posted September 9, 2014, by Barry Lauver (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I can see the gallery for the mules. How did the towrope get through or around the truss?

Duck Creek Aqueduct
Posted January 17, 2011, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The reason that this aqueduct remained intact for so long after the canal was closed to traffic was that the canal continued to supply water to mills in Brookville and was kept up for their benefit. The canal continued to function for this purpose until the timber dam at Laurel failed in the late 1930's and the canal lost it's water supply. The dam was rebuilt in the late 1940's in concrete but it's use has been only for the historic park.

Duck Creek Aqueduct
Posted December 22, 2006, by Jim Corcoran (jimcoriii [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is a narrow walkway thru the bridge. There was no sign that said, 'keep out', so I took my gradeschool age daughter on a walk thru of that bridge! Neat! If you go to Metamora the canal boat trip is worth taking.