Abandoned US 50 bridge over Little Wabash River
Kodak EasyShare Z730
Abandoned US 40 bridge west of Plainfield
Canon PowerShot S95
Abandoned bridge on 37/DH
Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Abandoned rail overpass
Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Abandoned Fall Creek Road
Canon PowerShot S80
Abandoned bridge
Canon PowerShot S95
Abandoned IL 127 bridge
Kodak EasyShare 730
Abandoned, never used US 50 bridge
Kodak EasyShare Z730
Abandoned US 50 bridge over Big Muddy River
Kodak EasyShare Z730
Abandoned US 40 bridge
Kodak EasyShare Z730

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17 responses to “10 abandoned bridges”

  1. J P Avatar

    There are few things that look more forlorn than an abandoned bridge.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  2. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Jim, I like the way these photos draw your eye and make you wonder what is on the other side.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s part of what makes a bridge such a good subject!

  3. DougD Avatar

    Very interesting, around here bridges are removed not abandoned so that’s something I never see. That last one is quite something with the turrets at the ends of the trusses.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s cheaper to leave them in place, and so often that’s what happens. They end up being removed when they deteriorate so badly that they’re dangerous. That’s what happened to the last bridge in this searies, by the way.

  4. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    That third photo reminds me very much of a photo I bought at a summer art show perhaps 20 years ago. A similar bridge but still active. On the other side the road entered a deep wooded area, so that only a small patch of light could be seen in the distance. I took it as a metaphor for life- we can never know what awaits us down the road.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Here’s what that bridge looked like the first time I encountered it, which was in 2007. It was still open then and I drove right over it. The difference in feel of the scene is shocking.


  5. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    I hope the demolition company had to clean up the river channel after blowing the bridge, even if it was a side channel.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I hope so too.

  6. Kurt Weisner Avatar
    Kurt Weisner

    Great Pics! Where is the last bridge located? Kurt

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Before it was demolished, it connected Wheeling, WV to Bridgeport, OH.

  7. Kelly MacKay Avatar

    I love to photograph bridges, they are symbolic of so many things. Nice captures here.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you very much!

  8. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    What kind of proximity are all of these bridges, to each other? I like the one with your bike! Are you planning a bike trip for spring or summer, maybe?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      In order:

      Near Clay City, IL
      Near Plainfield, IN
      Near Martinsville, IN
      Cambridge City, IN
      Indianapolis, IN
      Near Cambridge, OH
      Near Greenville, IL
      Near Carlyle, IL
      Near Clay City, IL
      Bridgeport, OH

      I am unlikely to make a bike tour this year. But I’ll be riding around my area as much as I can during the warm months, for sure.

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