Hop In The Car And Visit 8 Of Indiana's Covered Bridges In One Day
By Tori Jane|Updated on September 03, 2023(Originally published March 03, 2021)
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Are you like us in the sense that you may or may not be a covered bridge enthusiast? When it comes to covered bridges in Indiana, there is definitely no shortage! Parke County, Indiana, is otherwise known as the covered bridge capital of the world! It’s got 31 covered bridges in total, but for today, we’ll pay a visit to eight of our favorites. If you’d like to see the Indiana covered bridges map with directions, you can do so on Google Maps.
The good news is that if you’re not quite satisfied by stopping at just eight bridges, no worries – there are 23 more you can check out! There are so many covered bridges in Indiana that it’s quite difficult to choose just a few to visit at any given time, especially for those of us who just really, really love these rustic, historic monuments. The Google Map linked above is editable, so you can add or remove any Indiana covered bridges that you’d like to.
Which covered bridges near you are you drawn to? Tell us about your favorites in the comments section!
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What are some historic covered bridges in Indiana?
In the early days of covered bridge construction between the 1820s and 1920s Indiana had hundreds of covered bridges. That number has dwindled down below 100. Here are a few historic covered bridges in Indiana to enjoy while we can:
Medora Covered Bridge: Built in 1875 by J. J. Daniels, this 434-foot bridge is the longest in Indiana. It crosses the east fork of the White River, a point that was only crossable via ferry before the bridge was built. Today it is only a pedestrian bridge, but it was in use for vehicle traffic up until 1972.
Bean Blossom Covered Bridge: Another historic covered bridge in Indiana's Brown County, it was built in 1880 by Civil War veteran Captain Joseph Balsey. It is now a lovely pedestrian bridge that is pretty special surrounded by fall colors. It is 101 feet in length and nearly 60 feet wide.
Adams Mill Covered Bridge: The Wheelock Bridge Company of Fort Wayne Indiana built this bridge in 1872. It is just northwest of Adams Mill on the Wildcat Creek. It was closed to vehicle traffic in 1974 and foot traffic in the mid-1990s. However, in 1999 the bridge was completely restored at a cost of $686,000.
Cades Mill Bridge: This is the oldest bridge in Indiana still at its original location having been built in 1854. You'll find it in Fountain County in Veedersburg, IN as it crosses Coal Creek. Between 1820 and 1922 over 600 covered bridges were built in Indiana - today there are only about 98. The Cades Mill Covered Bridge is on the National Registry of Historic Places and Indiana's 10 Most Endangered List. Without rehabilitation, there is a good chance it could collapse.