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Freedom Covered Bridge


Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection

Covered bridge at Freedom 1942

Courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. For commercial uses, please contact the Lilly Library at 1200 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405-5500 or at http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/

BH Photo #433285



Originally constructed as a 4-span covered bridge by J.J. Daniels in 1882. In 1898 something happened (There are several different stories) and the 2 West spans were lost. A 300 ft long steel Pennsylvania truss was built to replace the missing spans. In 1966 the remaining covered spans were replaced with a concrete slab. One set of trusses was dismantled and stored with the intention of using them on the IU campus in Bloomington, that never came to fruition and the bridge was lost. The steel truss bridge was later relocated and preserved.


Lost Bridge over White River on Freedom Road, CR 590 S
Owen County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built in 1882 by J.J. Daniels
- Joseph J. Daniels (4-span covered timber bridge)
- Lafayette Bridge Co. of Lafayette, Indiana (1898 Pennsylvania through truss)
Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 615.0 ft.
Total length: 627.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.20543, -86.86697   (decimal degrees)
39°12'20" N, 86°52'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/511486/4339581 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82550 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 6, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 29, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • April 9, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • August 19, 2018: Added by Mike Daffron


  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Freedom Covered Bridge
Posted March 2, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

The remaining covered spans were replaced by a slab. I got to see it with my own eyes 25 years ago. If your thinking of the picture where it says "unknown origin", its probably when the roof and siding were removed before demolition.

Freedom Covered Bridge
Posted March 2, 2021, by Jason (Jcrites2001 [at] msn [dot] com)

The description says the covered bridge was replaced by a concrete slab. But the one picture shows a truss bridge in place of it, right?

Freedom Bridge
Posted July 6, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okey Doke. Deleted photo 4. Sure looks like Freedom.

Freedom Covered Bridge
Posted July 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pic #4 isn't the Freedom Bridge. Looks like it might be the old Fairfield Bridge that was in Franklin County.

Freedom Covered Bridge
Posted August 19, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is the Freedom Truss Bridge on the right.