4 votes

Pinhook Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115707



Pinhook Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

Abandoned Bridges Of Indiana Volume 3

video by Mike Daffron


Through truss bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 125 North
Putnam County, Indiana
Built ca. 1910; rehabilitated 1984
- Hurst & Sweet (Contractors)
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 162.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 24.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Putnam County Bridge #139
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67861, -86.81167   (decimal degrees)
39°40'43" N, 86°48'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/516151/4392104 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700124 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16908 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 18.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 5, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 28, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 6, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • December 9, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 12, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: added county bridge number
  • February 2, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 3, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 1, 2009: Updated design
  • June 25, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name
  • June 25, 2008: Updated by Tom Hall: updated status


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Pinhook Bridge
Posted July 31, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup....is accessible to South as there is a house right by it.

It and the Houck steel bridge, even though erected by different contractors, were obviously products of the same fabricator. They have identical dimensions and overall appearance is the same. Another nearby span that was replaced called the Wildwood Bridge, was the same as well. The county likely bought them all at the same time.

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

I drove out to see this bridge today and found CR 100 N gated shut where it branches away from CR 175 E north of the bridge. I wasn't able to work my way around to the south approach, though.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

Checking out the bridge, with rocks, gravel & other whatnot blocking each of the approaches, just to clarify: it's closed to traffic. Exactly how long it's been closed & why is beyond me but here's hoping that Putnam County steps up & sees to it that this bridge is preserved if they haven't done so already.

By the way, this is one of the more larger truss bridges I've ever seen - one of the more imposing in fact. But I'd sure like to see this one preserved in all of its glory & grandeur.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted May 7, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for confirming it......there used to be 4 or 5 thru trusses over Big Walnut in that area, was this and Crow's the only two remaining?

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted May 7, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Anthony, you're right, this is known as Pinhook bridge.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm not positive but I think this might be the Pinhook Bridge. It's a neat one with original guardrails that needs to be restored.