5 votes

Dongola #2 Steel Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in June 2009


BH Photo #140021

Street View 


Patoka River Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Camelback through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 300 West
Pike County, Indiana, and Gibson County, Indiana
Beautifully Restored
Future prospects
Rehabilitated and preserved in place.
Built in 1924
- Lawrence J. Utley of Mt. Vernon, Indiana (Contractor)
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana (Likely Fabricator)
8-panel, riveted Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 141.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 25, 2005
Also called
Pike County Bridge #81
Steel bridge at Houchins Ditch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.38292, -87.33808   (decimal degrees)
38°22'59" N, 87°20'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/470472/4248356 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6300061 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 05000198 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16854 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2022: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • August 16, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 8, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 3, 2019: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • August 12, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added build date and contractor
  • October 28, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • December 1, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added County bridge number
  • January 18, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Open and Restored
  • November 22, 2015: New photo from Michael B. Bryan
  • November 20, 2015: Updated by Michael B. Bryan: Good news for this old bridge. It is just getting finished up with a complete rehab. I work for the company doing the refurbish on this and the bridge directly south about 800'. More pictures soon.
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 30, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • May 15, 2009: Updated by J.P.
  • May 9, 2009: Updated by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Michael B. Bryan - michaelbryanoil [at] icloud [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridges are still standing strong, luckily with minimal graffiti!

Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
Posted June 30, 2020, by Grant DiDomizio (grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Loved seeing these 2 beautifully restored structures! The patoka wildlife refuge has so many treats to offer to bridge fanatics like myself!

Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
Posted May 1, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mike is correct, the Miller Bridge is on CR 500W and the 2 Dongola Bridges are 2 miles to the East on CR 300W.

Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
Posted May 1, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe you may be getting mixed up with Miller Bridge, which is a few miles west on Miller Road http://bridgehunter.com/in/pike/6300157/

Dongola #2 Steel Bridge
Posted May 1, 2020, by Clay pflug (Pflugclay [at] gmail [dot] com)

The location is wrong this is the location of the bridge pictured. I always call it miller bridge I donít know where that came from but Iíve always called it that. I love this bridge.

Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

EXCELLENT!!! I love the job! The road between this and South Fork Patoka Bridge is repaired and you can drive to both!

Patoka River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2015, by Kendra Owen (owen [dot] kendra [at] gmail [dot] com)

There are actually two bridges here, One is on 1200 E in Gibson County crossing the South Fork Patoka River and one crossing the Patoka River. The main river is the jurisdictional boundary between Gibson and Pike Counties. We were just out there in the spring and there was a sign posted with all kinds of public notices. It appears that one or both of them have been slated for restoration.

Let me say that again ... the documents indicated RESORATION not demolition.

The signage is posted on the southern bridge on the south side and I couldn't make out whether one or both were to be restored.

Patoka River Bridge
Posted May 15, 2009, by J.P.

This bridge along with the bridge below it on CR300W are part of what is considered to be the Patoka river bridge historic district.