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Brooks Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in May 2009


BH Photo #140631



Brooks Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over East Fork White River on CR 300 South
Martin County, Indiana
Rehabilitated and open to traffic.
Built 1894; rehabilitated 1988, 2009
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Pinned Pratt through truss.
Length of largest span: 185.0 ft.
Total length: 382.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #68
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61389, -86.84861   (decimal degrees)
38°36'50" N, 86°50'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/513179/4273941 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5100035 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16631 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 24, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 14, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 13, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 22, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • September 3, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • May 25, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • February 2, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status
  • June 24, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type



Brooks Bridge
Posted September 27, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Kelly, the Brooks name is an historic one that likely dates back to the landowner when it was built in 1894.

The story of the girl jumping may be fact or might just be a tale (almost all of these old bridges have them), but likely has nothing to do with the name of the bridge.

Brooks Bridge
Posted September 26, 2011, by Kelly Stuckey (kstucke4 [at] myvu [dot] vinu [dot] edu)

Does anyone know the name of the girl who jumped off the bridge? In which it was named after her?

Brooks Bridge
Posted July 26, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just wish we could figure out how to take cans of spray paint out of the hands of ignorant adolescents, so it doesn't end up on our historic bridges. This beautiful span, less than a year removed from being restored, is covered from one end to the other.

Brooks Bridge
Posted September 24, 2009, by Todd aka. "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This note is for Anthony Dillon. I was looking at several bridges on this site and wanted to write you in Microsoft Outlook. I accidentally deleted a file and it had the email you sent me. Could you resend your email address, and, possibly some bridge pics. One bridge I strongly an interested is a long steel truss in Gary, Ind. and the Mt Carmel twelve span over the Wabash. Both could be UCEB's in under a year!

Brooks Bridge
Posted September 4, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you Todd for the kind words. These magnificent structures need us to speak out on their behalf.

Brooks Bridge
Posted September 4, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This note is for Anthony Dillon

You have a great interest and knowlege in historic bridges. I see you providing lots of input and fine pics of historic spans near to my home area. This bridge, The "Brooks Bridge", is one awsome example. I admire you and several others taking part of this excellent website. Historic bridges need all the fans they can drum up. A goal is to slow down the "scurge" of UCEB's.

Brooks Bridge
Posted September 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The restoration of the Brooks Bridge in Martin County,Indiana is now complete. This picture was provided by Dan Reitmeyer of CLR Construction, who's firm specializes in the rehabilitation of historic bridges.

Brooks Bridge
Posted May 24, 2009, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I stopped by this bridge Saturday and the rehabilitation seems to be going along well.

Brooks Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

My company, CLR Inc. is presently rehabilitating the Brooks Bridge, with many needed repairs being done, mostly above the roadway, it is scheduled to be painted as well

East Fork White River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge, known as the Brooks Bridge, was built by the Lafayette Bridge Company. The portals are the same as the Ft. Ritner bridge, but it's spans are longer.