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Tobias Bridge


View from above

Photo taken by Mark Gish

BH Photo #102837



Tobias Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Whipple truss bridge over Big Creek on CR 1360 West
Jefferson County, Indiana
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1885; rehabilitated 2004
- Indianapolis Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Pin-connected Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 153.8 ft.
Total length: 154.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Jefferson County Bridge No. 30
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.81187, -85.63822   (decimal degrees)
38°48'43" N, 85°38'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/618233/4296780 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3900020 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 38.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2021: New photo from Jenise Stewart
  • August 24, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 6, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • June 23, 2012: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • August 26, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • August 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • August 18, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 1, 2006: Posted photos from Mark Gish


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth


Tobias Bridge
Posted April 2, 2013, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] wowway [dot] com)

These are pictures I took of the Tobias Bridge in Jefferson Co, In. just prior to the restoration. Jim Barker put me onto the trail of this bridge. I haven't been back to see the restoration of the bridge.

Tobias Bridge
Posted September 25, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Harold, you can take those photos to Walgreens, Wally World or a similar store where they have scanners. For a modest fee, you can make additional prints or you could also convert the photos to digital images. You could then post the digital versions here or email them to James for inclusion.

Tobias Bridge
Posted September 24, 2010, by Harold (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

I have pictures of this bridge just prior to it's restoration. If you would email me your postal address I will mail them to you. Lots of growth at the timeand very dark even for a sunny day. I would want the pictures returnrd.

Tobias Bridge
Posted January 16, 2010, by Don

Does anybody have some pictures of the bridge before the restoration? I think it'd be interesting to see how it looked before.

Tobias Bridge
Posted September 23, 2008, by Don

I would really be interested in some pics of the Brooksburg bridge. I tried to get some pics not to long ago, but couldn't get to the bridge.

Tobias Bridge
Posted November 27, 2007, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)


I visited the steel truss bridge in Brooksburg last week and it's still holding its own. I'll get some pictures posted winthin the next couple of days.

Tobias Bridge
Posted July 7, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I could'nt agree with you more about this bridge and definately think that all remaining one's can and should be retained. I like this bridge so much that I had business cards made for a job I was working on last year.

I like to see them retained in their original location, but if not, efforts like the Boyd bridge in Decatur County (Sand Creek 700S) are the next best thing.


Tobias Bridge
Posted July 6, 2007, by Tom Hoffman

The way this bridge was extensively rehabilitated is quite an example on how an old iron bridge can be. When I first saw this bridge, it was almost derelict buried in tree vegatation looking almost too rikety to drive over and the road on the approaches was close to washing away. After hearing about the rehab, I just had to check it out only to wonder if this was the same bridge. It looked like a totally different bridge in a nice setting with the stone abutments high above the creek and the posted limit went from TWO tons to FOURTEEN tons. There's plenty of old iron bridges which were demolished which I wish could have been rehabed like the Tobias bridge.

Also, there was a derelict iron truss bridge over Indian Kentuck Creek outside of Brooksburg on the Ohio River which I saw a few years ago. I don't know if it still exists or if it gave way.