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Forbes Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


View more info about Indiana historic bridges from the SHAARD database

BH Photo #156428


The plaque appears to show the date of 1888. The plaque design was used by the Buckeye Bridge Works up until it was sold to the Variety Iron Works. The design was then sometimes used by that firm.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on CR 925 W
Rush County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1888; replaced 1993
- Buckeye Bridge Works of Cleveland, Ohio (Possible Fabricator)
- Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio (Possible Fabricator)
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
3-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss (Half-hip)
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 203.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.5 ft.
Also called
Binford Ford Bridge
Holloway Bridge
Rush County Bridge #5
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.70852, -85.61595   (decimal degrees)
39°42'31" N, 85°36'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/618644/4396322 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7000005 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39602 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 25, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted GPS coordinates
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Big Blue River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hi Shelley,

I'm confident that this is indeed the same bridge and have added the historic name to the page! The bridge was just down the road from Carthage, and both aren't far from where I'm from. I crossed many of the old metal trusses that were in the area before they were lost.

Thank you for sharing this!

Big Blue River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by Shelley (SFinneran72 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found an old postcard from 1909 with a real photo of what I believe is this bridge! Although the picture says it was called "Forbes Bridge". Any chance this is the same bridge?? I am attaching photos of the postcard.