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Abington Bridge


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


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BH Photo #157225


West span replaced by a dirt levy in 1983.


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Pottershop Road
Wayne County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1881; replaced 1991
- Frank Doran of Richmond, Indiana (Designer)
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio (Fabricator)
Pinned Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 175.9 ft.
Total length: 352.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #21
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.73250, -84.95966   (decimal degrees)
39°43'57" N, 84°57'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/674847/4400058 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8900019 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
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: 90.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 31, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • June 4, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 27, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 12, 2018: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com


Abington Bridge
Posted May 10, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It seems that all the truss bridges of the Whitewater River Valley have gone. I was always impressed with the Null Town Bridge. It, the Laurel, Milton, Brookville and Abington all gone. One at Cedar Grove remains but closed. Are there any others?

Abington Bridge
Posted May 9, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dallas, I live in New Castle and vaguely remember crossing this bridge once or twice. By that time the one span had been replaced with a concrete slab. I know when the county removed the remaining span, they said they would save the similar one in Milton........but that sure didn't happen. I guess now all we have are the memories!

Abington Bridge
Posted May 9, 2010, by Dallas Davis (camper [at] otelco [dot] net)

We used to cross this bridge 5 days a week on the school bus 2 times a day. I remember seeing holes in the deck before it became a wooden deck. I also remember them closing the bride for a while to do the work. Our school bus route changed due to this. I hated having to cross this bridge. I used to have nightmares about having to swim across the river because the bridge was out LOL. I rode the bus from 1971 to about 1981. Dallas Morgan was our bus driver on this route. The road was Smithfield road at the time. I believe it went from hwy 27 to downtown Abington. The road and crossing has changed dramtically since I moved away. Glad I found these pics.