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Montezuma Bridge



Photo taken by Jim Steele

BH Photo #102916

Street View 


Montezuma Bridge # 1

video by Mike Daffron

Montezuma Bridge # 2

video by Mike Daffron


Six-span through truss bridge over Wabash River on US 36 at Montezuma
Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana, and Vermillion County, Indiana
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1949; rehabilitated 1987
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 199.7 ft.
Total length: 1,257.5 ft.
Deck width: 29.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Indiana State Highway Bridge #36-83-3492A
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79259, -87.37459   (decimal degrees)
39°47'33" N, 87°22'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/467928/4404803 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 011480 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16817 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2021: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 10, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 17, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 4, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: added bridge number
  • March 26, 2013: Photo imported by Jim Grey
  • March 22, 2013: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • March 21, 2013: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • November 24, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 22, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 25, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 18, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • January 23, 2006: Posted photos from Jim Steele

Related Bridges 


  • Jim Steele - fjsteele1 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Montezuma Bridge
Posted June 7, 2021, by RDB (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is being repainted this summer. A very good sign that it should be standing for several more years.

Montezuma Bridge
Posted September 1, 2019, by VS Mo (tysonnbratt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We were searching for as many Parke Co Covered Bridges as we could find in 2 days, when we came across this beautiful iron bridge. We had to drive over it 3 times in order for me to get a picture of each span. I have never been across an iron bridge with so many spans! I hope this bridge remains standing for many, many years to come!

This bridge will forever be in my scrapbook along with the 20 covered bridges we enjoyed on our vacation.

Montezuma Bridge
Posted August 28, 2018, by Tom Hoffman

I saw construction signs at each end of the bridge. It appears the deck may have been rehabilitated. Hope I'm right. The rest of the bridge is labeled 6 out of 9. It could use a painting soon. Forgot who posted it, yes these metal through truss bridges sure do make road trips fun.

Montezuma Bridge
Posted June 29, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Heading west on US36 over the bridge, I looked south and noticed another bridge down river. Is that bridge on here as well?

Montezuma Bridge
Posted April 25, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

There is something awesome about these mighty truss bridges that make roadtrips fun. Sadly, these metal marvels are disappearing in favor of poorly designed and suspectable to roadsalt UCEB's that, I swear, come a dime a dozen. Cheapskate politicians favor pieces of "crap" made of concrete with a fifty year lifespan to replace historic and beautiful structures that served, sometimes over 100 years. People are quick to blow up or cut apart these classic trusses even when some could be rehabilitated easily. America will be a bland "cheapskate" looking place when all bridges become made of "concrete".