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New Ford Bridge


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


View more info about Indiana historic bridges from the SHAARD database

BH Photo #158834


This was a "New" road with a Ford across the river that the county purchased in 1891 and immediately proceeded to build a bridge. Indiana Bridge Company was hired for the job and at the same time was dealing with replacing two spans of the bridge at Rockford a few miles to the North. I believe they reused those two spans as part of this bridge.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over East Fork White River on New Ford Road (CR550N)
Jackson County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1891 with two of the spans salvaged from an 1884 bridge; replaced in 1987
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
- Indianapolis Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
(2)10-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses (1884)
(1)8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss (1891)
(1)6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss (1891)
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 560.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
Old County Bridge #90
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95685, -85.93677   (decimal degrees)
38°57'25" N, 85°56'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/592123/4312525 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44539 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 23, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


New Ford Bridge
Posted March 30, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's great to be a part of the many dedicated "Bridgehunters" that make this website what it is. The passion and dedication that I see from the contributors here just help to keep me focused in documenting our historic spans of past and present.

The New Ford Bridge is one of the lost spans from Indiana's SHAARD database, a treasure trove of bridges extant in the 1980's. Sadly, today approximately 70% of these landmarks have been obliterated and lost forever. As time permits I will continue to add these "glimpses" from the past. They help us to remember just how fragile our historic bridge heritage really is.

P.S. Thank you for the kind words Todd!

New Ford Bridge
Posted March 30, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Awesome milestone Tony! There needs to be more dedicated bridge fans like you to post more pictures like you. I have a new camera and with spring here, I might bridgehunt around Defiance, Ohio. There is two historic railroad bridges worth posting on here.