U.S. 36 Bridge

The 19th century routing of US 36 going west from Indianapolis to Danville crossed this Hendricks County bridge just west of Avon. Opened to traffic around 1875, the bridge had its last vehicle pass over it in 1972 – a fire truck heading to a house fire. The house was a total loss. Squire Whipple designed this type of bridge structure and received a patent in 1847. The Columbia Bridge Works, of Dayton, built the bridge.

The current US 36 roadway has long since moved about 100 yards to the north, but the bridge remains a scenic reminder from the past nestled in the trees and crossing the White Lick Creek.

(Click any picture to open the gallery!)

Footnote: The bridge became a part of the Washington Township Park and is very close to the notorious Haunted Bridge of Avon.


    1. Thank you! Although August has been very dry, we have had a very moist summer and everything is still very green. The White Lick Creek is a great place to get these kinds of pictures. A lot of the old towns in central Indiana grew up around this creek.

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