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Black Creek Bridge


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


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BH Photo #157683


This was a unique design of the Indiana Bridge Company.


Lost pony truss bridge over Black Creek on CR 300 S
Greene County, Indiana
Removed but not replaced
Built in 1893 by the Indiana Bridge Company; removed 1993
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Arched Warren cantilever bedstead pony truss
Length of largest span: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 41.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.2 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #243
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98212, -87.16474   (decimal degrees)
38°58'56" N, 87°09'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/485730/4314805 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 2800170 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39206 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 9, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
  • May 16, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Year lost and History
  • May 15, 2009: Updated by J.P.
  • February 5, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Black Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My guess is that the truss legs had been encased in concrete... Which happened to most Bedsteads in their later years. The trusses were likely cut out and scrapped leaving just those pieces protruding from the ends.

Crummy ending for what could have been a real treasure!

Black Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I am not surprised but it's still upsetting they did not haul it away. Wow, just left it there to rot.

Black Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was the only arched example of a Warren Cantilever Bedstead that I have seen Mike. I believe that Jim Cooper had said it was the only example he had came across in the 80's.

The other bridge you mentioned was just a regular (albeit still rare IBCo. Warren Cantilever. I hope you find a hidden treasure down there!

Black Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tony, are there anymore of this type of bridge that still exist? I know that Brewer Ditch, also in Greene Co, was one. I'm still trying to find a way to it. Goose Pond is a giant swamp.

Black Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I actually found this sucker. At least, what's left of it. I believe, on what I can see of the remains, that it was just cut off, with the legs left in the side of the banks. Way too much vegetation to get a good look. Guaranteed I will be going back when the fall hits. I've got several more pix, will go thru them and see if any are worth a crap. Melissa, here is some more remnants for you!!