Laughery Creek Bridge

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Laughery Creek Bridge
Laughery Creek Bridge Dearborn County Indiana.jpg
Laughery Creek Bridge, 1974

39°01′29″N 84°53′09″W / 39.0246°N 84.8859°W / 39.0246; -84.8859Coordinates: 39°01′29″N 84°53′09″W / 39.0246°N 84.8859°W / 39.0246; -84.8859

Laughery Creek Bridge
Laughery Creek Bridge is located in Indiana
Laughery Creek Bridge
Laughery Creek Bridge is located in the US
Laughery Creek Bridge
Location South of Aurora west of State Road 56, Center Township, Dearborn County, Indiana
Area less than one acre
Built 1868 (1868)
Built by Wrought Iron Bridge Company; Green, William & Co.
Architectural style Triple-intersection Pratt
NRHP Reference # 76000018[1]
Added to NRHP September 29, 1976
Crosses Laughery Creek
Locale Dearborn County, Indiana and Ohio County, Indiana
Other name(s) Triple Whipple Bridge
Design Triple-intersection Pratt truss
Total length 298.8 feet (91.1 m)
Width 17 feet (5.2 m)
Longest span 297.5 feet (90.7 m)
Clearance above 21.4 feet (6.5 m)
Opened 1878

The Laughery Creek Bridge is an truss bridge on the border of Dearborn County, Indiana and Ohio County, Indiana. It crosses Laughery Creek. This bridge was built in 1878. The Wrought Iron Bridge Company, a prolific late 19th-century bridge company, constructed the bridge. The bridge is seated on stone abutments. The deck surface is not original and is currently concrete. The bridge, nearly 300 feet in length, is a single span pin connected triple intersection Pratt through truss, and is the only example in the world of this truss type. The name bridge's nickname, "Triple Whipple Bridge" is a play on words. The double-intersection Pratt, which was called the Whipple truss configuration, was a far more common variation of the standard Pratt configuration. Since the Laughery Creek Bridge's members have three intersections instead of two, this gives rise to the "Triple Whipple" name. This bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[2]

After closing in the 1970s, the bridge fell into serious disrepair, landing it on the Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered places list in 1993. A combination of federal funds and matching funds from Dearborn and Ohio Counties allowed the bridge to be refurbished and converted to pedestrian use in 2009.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-08-01.  Note: This includes Donald E. Sackheirn; Alex P. Gratiot; Eric N. Delony (March 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Laughery Creek Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-01.  and Accompanying photographs.

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