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Hester Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in October 2009


BH Photo #147797


Street View 


Hester Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


From Dr. James Cooper's Database:

At a July 1915 letting, the Shelby county commissioners awarded contracts for the superstructure of this bridge to the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis for $3,800, and for the substructure to Craig Construction Company of Decatur county for $2,099. The Hester Bridge was included in a list of four bridges to be painted by Verlie O. Fox in July 1921, in this particular case for $88. It was repainted in 1927 by Ray Heck as part of a combination contract for six bridges. Each girder has seven plates about 6-feet high with stiffeners added at the plate joints. The flange ends are rounded, and the top flanges are reinforced with a cover plate. Bolted to the stiffeners, I floor-beams support the deck. Central States, a prolific Indiana bridge fabricator, built many girders in the state. This structure is a quite long and intact example of the firm's design for the period. References Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection Report: Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1973). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report For Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1978). bridge nameplate. Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Shelby County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1992), 37-38. Shelby County, "Commissioners Record," S: 418-420; T: 262, 512-513.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Blue River on CR 500N
Shelby County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built in 1915 by the Central States Bridge Company
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Riveted plate girder pony truss
Span length: 110.0 ft.
Total length: 110.0 ft.
Also called
Shelby County Bridge #32
Little Blue River CR 500N Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59894, -85.64509   (decimal degrees)
39°35'56" N, 85°38'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/616330/4384122 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rays Crossing
Inventory number
BH 43499 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 29, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 9, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 20, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added bridge name and history.
  • September 24, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 24, 2016: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • October 17, 2009: Added by Anthony Dillon



Hester Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Anonymous

Like Gartin Ford and Salt Creek in Decatur County, Indiana

Hester Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Central States indeed built a good number of highway plate girders in their heyday. I've also seen several Chicago Bridge Company ones.

Little Blue River CR 500N Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I added Jim Cooper's notes, he seems to indicate that this bridge company built a number of highway plate girders.

Little Blue River CR 500N Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Bruce Bridges (railfan727 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge design is far more common on railroads than highways. Could this possibly be a former RR bridge that was purchased and moved to the site?

Little Blue River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

More of the same thing.... Mixing a gang of misfits with cans of cheap spray paint. GEESH.