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Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge


East side as seen from road within park

Just upstream, waterfall right at bridge. Access road off to left has not been open for many years and is today hard to even see it existed.

Unknown photographer


BH Photo #163563



Site of first Kokomo city Swimming area before Seashore(now Kokomo Beach) was built. Now Duck pond. Bridge was single lane and destroyed by trash truck trying to access other side of this dead end road within Highland Park. Now a footbridge at site.

Extra information 

Written by James Norwood

This small bridge can be seen in the "b" movie "Terror Squad" starring Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman" fame. Terror Squad was a really bad movie shot mostly in Kokomo, that features a scene where the terrorist's crash their early 1970's blue Ford LTD sedan into the duck pond just upstream from this bridge and it's adjacent manmade waterfall. It may be hard to find today. Film was shot in 1986 or 87 close to the time the bridge was destoyed.
It was always a treat when my parents would travel over this bridge when taking our occasional drives through Highland Park. Doing so afforded us the best view of the adjacent waterfall coming out of the duck pond. There wasn't really anything on the other side except a small parking area in the summer. In the winter, the nearby hills were sledding attractions and many used this bridge to access that area. When cold enough, the Duck pond(or old swimming hole) would turn into a ice skating rink which with the bridge helped turn the site into a Norman Rockwell painting type of atmosphere. Today the site of the old bridge has a generic metal footbridge to access the other side and park employee's get their vehicles over there via an old access down the hill from Boulevard Street.


Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Kokomo Creek on Park Access Road in Highland Park
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
Collapsed due to an overweight truck
Built ca. 1900; Collapsed due to an overweight truck in the late 1980s
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
5-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Also called
Highland Park Waterfall Bridge
Highland Park Kokomo Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46372, -86.14055   (decimal degrees)
40°27'49" N, 86°08'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/572864/4479582 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kokomo West
Inventory number
BH 42627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Canton Bridge Co. (195)
Collapsed (396)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss (508)
Howard County, Indiana (41)
Indiana (4,963)
Kokomo, Indiana (23)
Lost (25,548)
Lost 1987 (214)
Lost during 1980s (1,422)
Owned by city (5,579)
Park (275)
Pony truss (16,364)
Pratt pony truss (3,689)
Pratt truss (9,452)
Truss (33,276)

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added information.
  • August 23, 2014: Photos imported by James Norwood
  • April 23, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • May 30, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • May 29, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted April 2, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe it's actually a little older. A 1908 postcard shows cut stone abutments and round finials. Suggestive of an 1890's Canton built span.

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted April 2, 2021, by Jeffrey M. Gillam (kokomoan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember in the 60's when occasional traffic over the bridge was normal. The little-used road used to connect with Webster Street.

I'm suprised that the bridge was as old as 1900. My father (b. 1928) said he remembered when the creek was much narrower and swifter, so I assumed that was before the dam and bridge were built.

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Trash truck driver was probably trying to recreate the scene when he hit it!

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Alright Chuck Conners and bridges!!! I love crappy movies!!

Highland Park Duck Pond Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hard to believe this bridge survived Libyan terrorists, but yet succumbed to a stupid trash truck lol.


The bridge can be seen for about 30 seconds starting at about the 2:19 mark, of this incredibly cheesy low-budget movie.

The old Nickel Plate Railroad Bridge also makes a cameo appearance at the 8:29 mark.