Indiana State Road 67: An iron bridge and a small town in southwest Morgan County

Continuing southwest from Martinsville, another segment of the original alignment shortly diverges from current State Road 67. It’s the road directly above current 67 on this map. It makes a T intersection with County Road 300 W, following it to current SR 67.

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Here’s the north end of that road northbound toward its dead end.

NB Old SR 67 south of SR 39

From the same spot, here’s the road southbound.

SB Old SR 67 south of SR 39

About a mile down this road, Old SR 67 crosses Lamb’s Creek over this fantastic bridge. I had no idea this was here when I planned this trip. The feeling of excitement and delight I get when I find gems like this is one of the major reasons I love to explore the old roads.

1893 Lamb's Creek Bridge

Built in 1893 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, OH, this is a Pratt through truss design. As I researched this bridge, I found its page at the Historic American Engineering Record and was amused to find that a long-ago photographer parked his car in about the same place as me for his similar image.

Based on damage I see in this photograph, the HAER photographer visited here before this bridge’s restoration, which was probably in the 2004-2006 timeframe based on the best information I can find.

Builder’s plates on either end are in terrific condition.

1893 Lamb's Creek Bridge

Here’s a northbound view from the bridge’s deck.

1893 Lamb's Creek Bridge

As we continued southbound, the road has all of the character of a former state highway. It’s fairly narrow, but well built, and has no shoulders.

SB Old SR 67 towards Hyndsdale, IN

We passed a lot of barns on this trip. We’re in a very rural part of Indiana here.

Barns on Old SR 67

Almost immediately after this old alignment rejoins current SR 67, another old alignment peels off to the south of the current highway. I’ve marked the road as at the scale of this map, the road is hard to see.

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Here’s another barn I found shortly after joining this alignment.

Barns on Old SR 67

This gorgeous old house is also on this alignment.

Grand house on old SR 67 east of Paragon

While we stood there photographing this house, an old Ford truck rolled by. I captured it after it passed. This is a northbound photo.

Old Ford truck NB on SR 67

Next SR 67 reaches the small town of Paragon. The original alignment entered town on Union Street, as the map shows, and then follows what’s now a country road out of town until it reaches current SR 67 again.

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There’s not much to Paragon. It was founded in the 1850s, and has about 550 residents today. This is the town’s most prominent building.

Paragon, IN on Old SR 67

This onetime bank is now curiously labeled as “Paragon Homecoming Office.”

Paragon, IN on Old SR 67

After this road reaches current SR 67, the original alignment shortly turns south through Whitaker. On the ground, this road is signed Lingle Road.

I found a very narrow road here.

Old SR 67 (Lingle Rd)

It’s hard to believe this was ever SR 67. If I encountered an oncoming car, one or both of us would have to put wheels on the grass to allow both cars through. A newer alignment of SR 67 must have been built here early in this road’s history.

Old SR 67 (Lingle Rd)

Lingle Road passes out of Morgan County and into Owen County. We’ll pick up there next time.

Next: Rough road, an old bridge, a cemetery, and the town of Gosport.

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13 responses to “Indiana State Road 67: An iron bridge and a small town in southwest Morgan County”

  1. 100 Country Trek Avatar

    This wax such ah amazing site over this iron bridge. Anita

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a pretty terrific find.

  2. Russ Avatar

    Paragon Homecoming is a local festival, I think on Labor Day weekend. I went once, wasn’t much. I think it’s more of an excuse for locals to gather in the community.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Fascinating. Thanks for filling in that blank!

  3. John Roberts Avatar
    John Roberts

    Lingle Road was named after the grandparents of the late Ed Lingle, who was active in Gosport Methodist Church when I was pastor of Gosport Baptist Church (1979-1985). It is possible that Ed’s grandparents donated the land and/or helped build the road. What is certain is that it ran right through their property, which was some very rich river-bottom farm ground. Ed was a great guy, a “gentle giant” standing about 6’9″ tall, with a heart even bigger than his statute.

    1. John Roberts Avatar
      John Roberts

      That should read “stature” not “statute.”

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      I love it that you brought all of this great local information and detail! Thank you.

  4. Brian Purdy Avatar
    Brian Purdy

    I loved this installment of your old roads series. Agree that the iron bridge is wonderful as are the two barns and the gigantic family home on the landscaped allotment. Looking forward to the next one.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      This was an especially rich section of this old road!

  5. John Roberts Avatar
    John Roberts

    And . . . I am really looking forward to the next installment! Tons of memories there. As the only full-time pastor in the community for six years, I buried over 50 people in Gosport Cemetery, including two of our children.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      TWO of your children. Such cruelty life has dealt you. I’m very sorry.

  6. Jane Herr Avatar
    Jane Herr

    Thank you so much for this road trip! I will have to check out this bridge. I had a similar one close to me off 46 near the Monroe/Brown line but was replaced with a modern one a few years back.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s always a shame when an old truss bridge gets replaced. I wish counties would do more to preserve them.

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