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Clover Ford Bridge


Scan of an older photo.

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #136142


Street View 


Removed from it's abutments on Wednesday, August 29th and placed on cribbing until it can be dismantled, then it will be repaired and rebuild in Shelbyville's Blue River Park for pedestrian use.


Pratt through truss bridge over Buck Creek on CR 875 West
Shelby County, Indiana
Relocated and restored
Future prospects
Relocated to Shelbyville and placed in a new park that is being developed.
Built in 1889 by the King Bridge Company
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 92.8 ft.
Total length: 95.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Shelby County Bridge #13
Buck Creek CR 875W Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.62250, -85.94778   (decimal degrees)
39°37'21" N, 85°56'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/590310/4386388 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7300013 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17010 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,073)
Built 1889 (248)
Built during 1880s (2,108)
Closed (2,734)
Have street view (27,992)
Indiana (5,044)
King Bridge Co. (422)
NR-eligible (4,070)
One-lane traffic (7,713)
Owned by county (21,383)
Pin-connected (4,363)
Pratt through truss (5,865)
Pratt truss (10,007)
Select (530)
Shelby County, Indiana (62)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,567)
Through truss (16,243)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,699)
Truss (34,672)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed to historic name
  • August 29, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge was set off of Buck Creek today in preparation for being dismantled, repaired and rebuilt in a Shelbyville park.
  • July 8, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 24, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 17, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 24, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 14, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Bridge has been closed to traffic until further notice
  • February 9, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • March 28, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 26, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder and truss type

Related Bridges 



Buck Creek CR 875W Bridge
Posted July 8, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oops!! I mean DNR. Sorry

Buck Creek CR 875W Bridge
Posted July 8, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears, according to INDot, that this bridge will be relocated to Blue River Park near Shelbyville, on a pedestrian pathway. https://www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr/displaymedia.aspx?what...

Buck Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2013, by Art S (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Buck Creek Bridge
Posted January 17, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If it is to reopen to traffic, Item #1 to fix would be the structure-mounted guardrails, which put the truss at risk for damage by collision.

Buck Creek Bridge
Posted January 14, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This span was to be closed to traffic today after it failed an engineering inspection. It will likely remain closed until the county decides how they want to proceed.

Being that it is a "Select" listed bridge in the state it will either be rehabbed in place, or relocated to another location. The locals that I have talked with want it left in place, but having it closed might change their opinions. I am almost always in favor of leaving a historic span in it's original location, but this site has a growing traffic count and the rate of speed is of concern. If it is found that moving it is the best way to preserve it...than I am good with that.

Here is a link to the local news article about the closing: