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Overton Bridge


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


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BH Photo #156685



Dismantled through truss bridge originally over Blue River on Martinsburg Road
Washington County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge,through truss dismantled for reuse, bowstring pony privately owned.
Built 1885 by the King Bridge Company; rehabilitated 1986; replaced 2002
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Wrought iron Pratt through truss and small bowstring pony approach.
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 123.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Also called
Former County Bridge #120
Blue River-Martinsburg Road bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.49812, -86.03678   (decimal degrees)
38°29'53" N, 86°02'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/583993/4261524 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8800081 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39739 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 1, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • February 26, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status changed
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Overton Bridge
Posted May 17, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The contractor who dismantled the main Pratt through truss span has it. My understanding is that the little Bowstring pony trusses had basically been knocked over and were buried in the dirt (Mind you this was nearly 20 years after Jim Cooper's SHAARD photos were taken. The contractor removed the parts and painstakingly restored it and I believe the photo was taken after it was finished. I believe it may now be over a small stream on his property but I'm not positive.

Obviously the coolest thing would be to reunite them in a park or on a trail but I'm not sure that would ever happen.

Overton Bridge
Posted May 17, 2019, by Jacob Martin (farmmaniac112 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed the in the bowstring picture it appeared it was on display at a festival or something. Do you by chance know where that was at as well?

Overton Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

To the best of my knowledge it is still in storage, but I will check on that. It was supposed to be used on a trail in Madison, Indiana but that fell through. The little Bowstring pony approach span was restored and is privately owned in Northern Indiana.

Overton Bridge
Posted May 16, 2019, by Jacob Martin (farmmaniac112 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up in the house that was in the same valley as the Overton Bridge. It was maybe a quarter mile or less from my house. We used to cross over it when I was a kid. I remember when it was being taken out around 1999-2000. It would be really neat to see it again. Has it ever been put into use or is it still in storage? It always had a very distinct clankity clank to it!

Overton Bridge
Posted December 17, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have an update on the status of this bridge? Would be great to see it again!

Overton Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

James, It is privately owned by a man in Northeast Indiana. As far as I know it is sitting on his property. He works on historic bridges and was responsible for the dismantling of the Overton Bridge. The story that I have heard is that the little bowstring trusses had been battered so badly that they were actually detached and laying partially buried in the ditch. He gathered up all the pieces and took them home where he completely restored them.

Now with the through truss being possibly available again, it would be really neat if they ended up back together again somewhere in a park or on a trail.

At 26 feet, this is likely the shortest historic bowstring span in existence.

Overton Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by james mccray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

so...this bridge used to have a bowstring approach. in the last picture it was restored, or at least repainted. where is it now? i would like to go and see it.

Overton Bridge
Posted September 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This (like the Deer Creek Bridge in Cass County) is an unfortunate decision. At least in this case they are reusing a historic bridge instead of purchasing a cheap imitation.

Jim Barker might still technically own this one, and if so will probably be able to find another home for it.

Overton Bridge
Posted September 1, 2011, by J.P.

This bridge was going on the Heritage trail in Madison, But they have decided not to use it, so its to sit in storage....they are using the stone arch bridge instead in its place that I added a while back.