Boner Bridge (or Pyeatt’s Mill Bridge) in Spencer County

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Boner Bridge (or Pyeatt’s Mill Bridge) in Spencer County

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

Bridges in Indiana are not always the easiest things to find as we learned with Boner Bridge (pronounced “Bonner”), but also called Pyeatt’s Mill Bridge, and even Warrick County Bridge No. 273 in Spencer County.

The Spencer County road, what may be considered Hatfield, Indiana seemed to lead to nowhere. But we were on the hunt for Indiana’s oldest metal bridge and we weren’t giving up. This style is one of what may be only five left in the entire country.

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

The condition of the road wasn’t the best and, to make things even more thrilling–it was pouring down rain. While a little rain doesn’t mean you need to stay at home, the intermittent rainstorm wasn’t making it easy to hop in and out of the car taking photos. But I’m a trooper. I did it anyway (even if I did get wet and muddy at a neat old cemetery on the way to the bridge).

If you’ve followed along in the travels of Little Indiana for very long, you know how great we are at getting lost. Oh, yes, we did.

We thought we were on the right track. There we were, driving along for half a mile when we realized we were actually making our way down someone’s long driveway. Company is coming! After we figured out we should have turned down the other road, we turned around, and continued on our merry way, the right way.

Driving the other way, the way we should have gone, we had angry barking dogs chase after our car. It was a scene out of Cujo, I swear. I can’t make this stuff up. Unwelcoming dogs though there were, we had a bridge to find. I only hoped it would be an incredible bridge to make up for the time we had spent trying to find the thing.

Hatfield, Indiana Bridge

Even though it took us a bit of time, this Indiana bridge is worth it. The longest bridge of its kind in Indiana and a rare one at that, the Boner Bridge is quite a bridge. It has wood planking so it makes a great sound as you slowly roll across. Each span measures 50′ across, with the middle span reaching 160′. It’s painted red, too, so any photo in any season is bound to look great.

This Indiana bridge is an iron bowstring bridge that was built all the way back in the 1860s. Can you even imagine the way the area must have looked then? What’s more amazing is that this bridge is still in use by local traffic today. It serves to connect Warrick County and Spencer County. The three arching spans stretch gracefully across Little Pigeon River. The center span uses cast iron piers, the only ones left in the whole state of Indiana.

According to the Spencer County Tourism Website, Boner Bridge is the “longest, bowstring, wrought iron, through truss bridge structure in the state of Indiana.” The limestone abutments were quarried over in Grandview, Indiana. If anyone has more information about the old quarry, I’d be interested to know more about it.

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Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

Boner Bridge in Hatfield, Indiana

While Indiana is home to quite a few unique bridges, the old bridges are not particularly common. Many have been lost through the years due to fire, flooding, or lack of foresight.

Make your way to Spencer County and view this fantastic Indiana attraction. Let’s just hope you have better luck finding it than we did. Do make note that it is an active bridge. Since it is still in use today, you do need to keep an eye out for vehicles trying to cross the bridge. Use common sense and be respectful.

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Boner Bridge or Pyeatt’s Mill Bridge
Junction of Red Bush Road and Boner Road
Hatfield, Indiana 47617

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8 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    That’s wonderful. I know I certainly enjoy reading about the history of a place. There’s not a lot of info out there on Boner Bridge. Mostly just the basics. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Barbara Brown Meyer October 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Jessica, I just found your page here this morning. Wanted to tell you that I enjoyed it, hav ebeen working on a story about Boner Bridge myself. Looks like you and I have a lot in common. I have written features and mostly history of Warrick County since I was in my 40s and I just turned 80 last month!! Presently, I have my own page on here called Once Upon A Time In Warrick County. I also do 5 feature stories a month, with old photos for Warrick Publishing. That column is callled A Look Into The Past. If ever I can help you, just let me know. It is good to know that there is someone younger interested in doing this.

  3. Jessica Nunemaker June 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Great story. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Karen Will-Hale May 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    My Mom’s family is from that area. My parents got married at the church (St. Ruperts) you visited the cemetery. I love that bridge. When we would visit my grandma we would always drive across & back on the bridge. It was a rattley thing back then (1950 & 1960) My grandma was an Eble (that’s an old family that grew up a little north of there)

  5. Jessica Nunemaker February 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thanks! I’ll be sending you an email to see if you’d like to be a Featured Indiana Blogger too. 🙂

  6. Stacey Glenn February 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This is where I am from! It is a fun little bridge! Love looking around your sight at all the fun stuff that Indiana has to offer!

  7. Jessica Nunemaker July 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thank you! 🙂 Glad you have found it useful!

  8. Sam Rumade July 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I dive a LP route truck for Synenergy Partners In Vanderburgh,Warrick and Spencer counties in southern Indiana. I just happened to deliver gas last week at the three homes right by Boner bridge. I did a google search,found this site.really enjoy it!

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