2021 Roadtrip in Parke County Indiana on June 3rd

My visit

I have been traveling around Indiana capturing photos of the Covered Bridges for several years now. Tracy and I made a trip to Parke County in 2018 and captured quite a few of the Parke County Covered Bridges, but I still had several left on my list. So, Sadie and I headed about an hour north up US 41 to capture the remaining Covered Bridges in Parke County. I still have 3 left to capture (I think). 

General Info

(from https://www.coveredbridges.com/covered-bridges and https://www.in.gov/history/files/coveredbridges.pdf)

Indiana’s covered bridge era began in the early 1830s when the National Road first crossed the state. The first Hoosier covered bridge was completed in 1835 in Henry County. It is estimated that between 400 and 500 covered bridges may have existed in Indiana. The American Society of Civil Engineers suggests that perhaps 10,000 covered bridges were built in the United States between 1805 and 1885.

Because the bridges were constructed with timber, they were covered to protect them from the elements. They were often the largest covered area in a community and were sometimes used for revival meetings, weddings, and political rallies.

Two major Indiana covered bridge builders, J. J. Daniels and Joseph A. Britton, lived in the Rockville area, and a third, A. M. Kennedy working with his sons and grandsons, lived in Rushville. This explains the concentration of covered bridges in Parke and Rush counties. Between them, they built 158 bridges in Indiana.

In 1930, the Indiana Historical Society formed the Covered Bridge Committee. The committee’s objectives were the collection and dissemination of information about covered bridges and their builders. They compiled a directory showing the location of each of the then existing 202 covered bridges in Indiana

Parke County has 31 covered bridges and describes itself as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. It is the site for the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival which has been held in October each year.

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  • Bridgeton Mill and Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Bridgeton Mill and Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: Bridgeton Road (Bypassed) ~ Builder: Bridgeton Town ~ Year Built: 2006 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 2 Spans, 267 Feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Rocky Fork Creek ~ Carries: CR-22 (CR-720) (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1900 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Rocky Fork Creek ~ Carries: CR-22 (CR-720) (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1900 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Rocky Fork Creek ~ Carries: CR-22 (CR-720) (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1900 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Conley's Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Conley's Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-550E ~ Builder: J.P. Van Fossen ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 192 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Conley's Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Conley's Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-550E ~ Builder: J.P. Van Fossen ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 192 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Conley's Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Conley's Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Big Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-550E ~ Builder: J.P. Van Fossen ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 192 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Nevins Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Nevins Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-130E ~ Builder: Joseph A. Britton and Son ~ Year Built: 1920 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 155 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Nevins Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Nevins Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-130E ~ Builder: Joseph A. Britton and Son ~ Year Built: 1920 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 155 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Nevins Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Nevins Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-130E ~ Builder: Joseph A. Britton and Son ~ Year Built: 1920 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 155 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Nevins Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Nevins Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-130E ~ Builder: Joseph A. Britton and Son ~ Year Built: 1920 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 155 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Crooks Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Crooks Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-121 ~ Builder: Henry Wolf ~ Year Built: 1855 (Refurb 1875 & 1967) ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 132 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Crooks Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Crooks Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-121 ~ Builder: Henry Wolf ~ Year Built: 1855 (Refurb 1875 & 1967) ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 132 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Crooks Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Crooks Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Little Raccoon Creek ~ Carries: CR-121 ~ Builder: Henry Wolf ~ Year Built: 1855 (Refurb 1875 & 1967) ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 132 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Jackson Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Jackson Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Sugar Creek ~ Carries: CR-25 ~ Builder: Joseph J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1861 (Refurb 2007) ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 205 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Jackson Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Jackson Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Sugar Creek ~ Carries: CR-25 ~ Builder: Joseph J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1861 (Refurb 2007) ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 205 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • West Union Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    West Union Covered Bridge ~ The Longest Covered Bridge in Parke County ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Sugar Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1876 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 2 Span, 315 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • West Union Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    West Union Covered Bridge ~ The Longest Covered Bridge in Parke County ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Sugar Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1876 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 2 Span, 315 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • West Union Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    West Union Covered Bridge ~ The Longest Covered Bridge in Parke County ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Sugar Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road (Bypassed) ~ Builder: J.J. Daniels ~ Year Built: 1876 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 2 Span, 315 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Bowsher Road/CR-66 ~ Builder: Eugene Britton ~ Year Built: 1915 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Marshall Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Marshall Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Rush Creek ~ Carries: CR-800N ~ Builder: J.A. Britton ~ Year Built: 1917 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 56 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Marshall Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Marshall Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Rush Creek ~ Carries: CR-800N ~ Builder: J.A. Britton ~ Year Built: 1917 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 56 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Rush Creek Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Rush Creek Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Rush Creek ~ Carries: CR-900N ~ Builder: William Hendricks ~ Year Built: 1904 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 79 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Rush Creek Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Rush Creek Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Rush Creek ~ Carries: CR-900N ~ Builder: William Hendricks ~ Year Built: 1904 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 79 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Rush Creek Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Rush Creek Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Rush Creek ~ Carries: CR-900N ~ Builder: William Hendricks ~ Year Built: 1904 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 79 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge In Parke County Indiana

    Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road ~ Builder: D.M. Brown ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 92 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge In Parke County Indiana

    Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road ~ Builder: D.M. Brown ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 92 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge In Parke County Indiana

    Mill Creek (Tow Path) Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Tow Path Road ~ Builder: D.M. Brown ~ Year Built: 1907 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 92 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Bowsher Road/CR-66 ~ Builder: Eugene Britton ~ Year Built: 1915 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

  • Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge in Parke County Indiana

    Bowsher Ford Covered Bridge ~ Location: Parke County Indiana ~ Crosses: Mill Creek ~ Carries: Bowsher Road/CR-66 ~ Builder: Eugene Britton ~ Year Built: 1915 ~ Truss Type: Burr Arch ~ Dimensions: 1 Span, 72 feet ~ Captured June 3, 2021

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