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Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01

Photos 

South end, West side

10/15/2007

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson

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BH Photo #114857

Map 

Street View 

Essay 

Written by Garrett DiDomizio

One of a handful of Washer bridges in the area, and a survivor above all, in probably the most authentic condition of the three surviving Washer bridges. The bridge built in 1875 would have been one of Washer’s bridges built in the mid part of his career in that industry. Built likely in part from hand hewn lumber nearby, this bridge stands as a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of such bridges and of the Washer bridges as a whole, and stands to this day as a testimony to that period of history.

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Big Bayou on Barnes Road
Location
Gibson County, Indiana
Status
Bypassed 1976; Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
County has done a thorough rehab of structure with fresh paint and added security to deter vandals.
History
Built 1875 by William T. Washer
Builder
- William T. Washer
Design
Smith type #4 truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 174.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.25833, -87.87889   (decimal degrees)
38°15'30" N, 87°52'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/423106/4234843 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grayville
Inventory numbers
INNBI 2600033 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)

WGCB 14-26-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 16180 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 2, 2021: New photo from Garrett DiDomizio
  • April 18, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • February 22, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • January 15, 2021: Essay added by Garrett DiDomizio
  • October 10, 2020: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • March 29, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • August 26, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • May 12, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 25, 2017: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 25, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 28, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • March 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Street view
  • March 23, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson
  • March 22, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Overview and design
  • June 16, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Builder
  • June 15, 2008: Changed name
  • June 6, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • June 6, 2008: New photos from Robert Stephenson

Sources 

  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted February 28, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure where the historian got his information from but the trusses would have come from the Smith Bridge Company plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted February 28, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://m.navigatorjournal.com/prairie_post/article_6c2a6792-...

Found an interesting article relating to it

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted January 15, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Gotta love it. Honestly this is one of my favorite bridges, just because of authenticity and location. It’s a very peaceful bridge.

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted June 30, 2020, by Anonymous

Im sorry, I meant to post those on the Wheeling covered bridge page. Anyways, both of these Gibson county covered bridges are looking great after some tlc! I hated seeing all graffiti on old red covered bridge before! These photos were taken right before the paint and maintenance in March of 2020 as well.

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted June 30, 2020, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

March 2020 before refurbishment and landscaping

Old Red Covered Bridge 14-26-01
Posted June 30, 2020, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Went for a midnight drive to this bridge! A new coat of paint and some security measures were all that it took to make this bridge really shine! One of my favorites!

Barnes Road Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by tom

This is better known as the Old Red Covered Bridge. It is in the middle of nowhere in the Wabash flats and can be rather tricky to find. The bridge has been bypassed by a lower culvert crossing since the 1970s. There have also been roads in the area which apparantly fell into non-existence.