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Peppertown "Short" Covered Bridge
"Short" Covered Bridge on the Left
1903 Ben Winans photo
Indiana Historical Society
BH Photo #445938
The bridge was originally built in 1874 by the Smith Bridge Company, and was apparently a Smith truss. A 1903 photo doesn't reveal the trusses but does show that it clearly had arches. It was either heavily damaged or destroyed in the 1913 flood and was rebuilt by E.L. Kennedy. A 1938 photo shows that it was undoubtedly a Burr Arch truss at that time.
- Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Salt Creek on Peppertown Road (SR 229)
- Franklin County, Indiana
- Replaced by a new bridge
- Built in 1874; Lost in the 1913 Flood; Rebuilt in 1913; Replaced in 1940.
- - E.L. Kennedy & Sons (1914 Bridge)
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio (1874 Bridge)
Total length: 172.0 ft.
- Also called
- Butts Fork Covered Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.44629, -85.15047 (decimal degrees)
39°26'47" N, 85°09'02" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/659148/4367936 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 84840 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 8, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler
- April 16, 2019: New photo from Ed Hollowell
- April 8, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
- March 31, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
- March 30, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
- Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
- Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
- Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com
Yes, it appears I had them confused. That said it seems they did rebuild the pier and abutments because these appear to have been undermined extensively. The ones remaining today appear very solid and upright.