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Sutherlin Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in April 2009


BH Photo #136457



Sutherlin Ford Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Through truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on CR 1050 North
Putnam County, Indiana
Bypassed with a new bridge but retained.
Built in 1906 by the Vincennes Bridge Co.
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
10 panel,pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 153.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County bridge #10
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.81263, -86.95403   (decimal degrees)
39°48'45" N, 86°57'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/503934/4406962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700009 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16903 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 5, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 28, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 14, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 9, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 16, 2017: New photos from Janis Ford
  • March 25, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • February 2, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name and year of construction.


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


Sutherlin Ford Bridge
Posted March 24, 2014, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Updating the info. The bridge has been bypassed. I know this because I also belong to www.geocaching.com and there is a geocache hidden on this bridge. There is a small parking area located on one side of the bridge.

Sutherlin Ford Bridge
Posted April 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is apparently to be bypassed. According to contract to be let May 11:

The Putnam County Commissioners will bypass the existing historic Putnam County Bridge No. 10 and will maintain ownership of the bridge for perpetuity, in addition to placing the bridge on the County’s maintenance list to be inspected every two years to prevent unacceptable deterioration. The bridge will be kept open and accessible to the public. A parking area will be constructed on the old roadbed at the east end of the bridge to safely accommodate two vehicles and encourage the continued use of the bridge by pedestrians and bicyclist. The parking area will be delineated by timber bollards. The remainder of the asphalt between the bridge and the parking area will be removed and replaced with compacted aggregate. This will comprise the 10’x80’ path from the parking area to the bridge.