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Batson Covered Bridge


1910 Postcard

Historic postcard photo

BH Photo #488762


Very little is known about this bridge. My dad is from Warren and other than knowing that the Batson family owned all of the land around this crossing, nothing else was remembered about the bridge.

Featured a scalloped portal design that was used by the Western Bridge Company. They would soon reorganize as the Western Bridge Works, and would transition from wooden to iron truss bridges.


Lost Covered Howe truss bridge over Salamonie River near the current SR-3 Bridge.
Wells County, Indiana
No longer exists
- Western Bridge Co. of Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Howe through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.63513, -85.37206   (decimal degrees)
40°38'06" N, 85°22'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/637667/4499528 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84856 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2023: New photo from David Shedlock
  • August 9, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added loss date based on Melissa's article.
  • August 9, 2022: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 14, 2021: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • May 2, 2020: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 31, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • David Shedlock


Batson Covered Bridge
Posted January 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for "re-posting" this pic Mike!

My info on the other photo was incorrect as I found it to be the Old Red CB that was West of Huntington over the Wabash.

Batson Covered Bridge
Posted May 2, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sorry! I added what was obviously the incorrect bridge, so I wiped it out, even though log shows I added one.