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Dunbar Covered Bridge 14-67-07



Photo taken by Tom Hall in May 2006


BH Photo #122887



Dunbar Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Covered bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 25 South
Putnam County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1880, rehabilitated in 2010
- Joseph J. Daniels
Covered Burr arch truss
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Total length: 174.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65861, -86.88333   (decimal degrees)
39°39'31" N, 86°52'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/510008/4389874 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clinton Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700091 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16906 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18 (out of 100)
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19th Century (7,955)
Built 1880 (189)
Built during 1880s (2,079)
Burr arch-truss (370)
Covered (1,746)
Indiana (5,014)
Joseph J. Daniels (26)
NR-eligible (4,064)
One-lane traffic (7,666)
Open (40,328)
Owned by county (21,291)
Putnam County, Indiana (97)
Select (530)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,551)
Through truss (15,935)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,053)
Truss (34,207)
Wooden deck (6,108)

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2021: New photos from James McCray
  • April 5, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 13, 2019: Updated by Brennan Ranard: Fixed to correct builder
  • June 25, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • June 2, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 22, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • May 27, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • May 13, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • September 3, 2010: New photos from Jim Grey
  • July 31, 2010: Updated by Jim Grey: Changed status to Open to Traffic.
  • May 19, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 4, 2008: Updated by Tom Hall
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name and truss type


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Andrew Raker
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Dunbar Covered Bridge
Posted August 8, 2010, by Nickie Scott (eagle_lover200 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The builder of this Bridge..J.A. Britton..He was my great great great grandfather..My Cousin and I are both doing a family tree of our family and this is what we have found this far..It's amazing...J.A. Britton was a great man that was a POW of the civil war. He built many of bridge in Indiana..

Dunbar Covered Bridge
Posted July 31, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is open again - I drove across it today. It appears to have been restored.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2007, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From the description of this bridge(location, spans, length, and year built), it sounds alot like the DUNBAR COVERED BRIDGE. I don't know of any metal bridges like this around here. Visiting the bridge years ago I thought there was too much traffic racing around the corner flying through and almost a collision too. The bridge needs to be bypassed or heavily strengthened and controlled by signals. Sorry if I'm wrong about what bridge this is.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted August 17, 2007, by Brant Furr (brantfurr_07 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of August 15, this bridge is closed to all traffic, whether or not it is going to be rehabilitated, replaced, or simply removed remains to be seen. The highway dept. has place large piles of sand and gravel on each end of the bridge to block traffic, and as now, no construction seems to be in progress.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted October 30, 2006, by Brant Furr (brantfurr_07 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My friends and I found this bridge in an extreme state of dis-repair... There were places where a person could probably have torn pieces of the gaurdrail off, and there was a large portion of gaurdrail missing entirely, presumably due to an encounter with a vehicle, judging by the type of damage inflicted. The general appearance of the bridge made us question its safety, and it took us a little bit of time to muster the nerves to actually take a vehicle across the bridge.