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Indiana Bridges

Updated on September 13, 2014

The Covered Bridge Capital of the World

In Parke County, Indiana you will find 32 different covered bridges and some of the friendliest people in the country!

On beautiful spring day my husband and I took a drive to Indiana to visit and photograph their covered bridges. The Parke Country tourist information center in Rockville, Indiana made finding the bridges easy with a great map suggesting bridges to see on six different routes and by providing turn by turn directions.

With map in hand, we set out traveling the back roads of Parke county and discovering a wide variety of covered bridges along with a couple of mills, some beautiful scenery and some very friendly people. In a day and a half we traveled 176 miles of the county and visited 23 of the bridges.

photographs by Mary Beth Granger

My Google Maps - covered bridge capital of the world

This map will show you where Rockville, Indiana is located. It is near the center of Park county and the starting place for all of the bridge driving routes. We found the people at the tourist information center in Rockville to be very helpful.

We also would suggest staying at the Parke Bridge Motel. It was a delightful small motel with each room decorated with a theme. We stayed in the "Covered Bridge" room. You can find more information www.parkebridgemotel.com.

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Mansfield

Mansfield Indiana
Mansfield Indiana

Mansfield Roller Mill

view from covered bridge

Th Mansfield bridge was built in 1867 over Big Racoon Creek in Mansfield. It is 247 feet long. You can see a long shot of the bridge in the intro photo and a closeup in the photo above.

Many of the longer covered bridges had windows in them. The Mansfield covered bridge had three windows on each side of the bridge. Through the one side you had a wonderful view of the Mansfield Roller Mill

This was the first covered bridge we visited and I was really excited photographic opportunities of both the mill and the bridge.

Bridgeton Bridge and Mill

The second bridge we stopped at was in Bridgeton, Indiana. This bridge also had a mill by it, and in addition it had a waterfall just beneath the bridge. This bridge was built in 2006 over the Big Racoon Creek and measured 245 feet in length. It was rebuilt to replaced the bridge that was burned by arson in 2005. The original Bridgeton bridge was built in 1868.

The mill is still in operation today and is the oldest continually operating mill west of the Allegheny mountains. It has a store inside the mill where you can purchase various grains produced by the mill and also a variety of covered bridge mementos.

Covered Bridge Bird Feeder

In Parke County, Indiana along with all of the covered bridges you will find several Amish communities. They are know for their excellent handcrafted products. This covered bridge bird feeder would make a wonderful addition to a backyard garden.

Mecca Covered Bridge

The Mecca covered bridge, located on Mecca road, was built in 1873 over Big Raccoon Creek This bridge is 150 feet long.

American Covered Bridges - great reference book

This book was sitting on a table in the little motel that we stayed at in Rockville, Indiana. I found it very interesting. It described the types of bridges that were built at various times and had some wonderful photographs of bridges throughout America.

Neet Covered Bridge

The Neet bridge was built in 1904 over Little Racoon Creek. It is 126 feet in length and the bridge was bypassed in 1996.

Inside the Narrows Bridge

Covered bridges also give beautiful framing for the view outside the bridge. I was walking through the Narrows bridge when I took this photograph. The Narrows bridge was built in 1882 over Sugar Creek.

View from Inside

Zack Covered Bridge
Zack Covered Bridge | Source

Billie Creek Covered Bridge

Billie Creek covered bridge is located on the grounds of the Billie Creek village near Rockville, Indiana. This early 20th century village has been re-created using building from around Parke county. It has 30 buildings and 3 covered bridges. I took a walk through the village and saw an old school building, a church and many interesting shops and log cabins.

Covered Bridge Serving Tray

If you enjoy covered bridges, this great serving tray will make a wonderful addition to your decor.

West Union Bridge - bypassed bridges

Although many of the bridges in Parke County, Indiana are still in use today, a few have been bypassed over the years. This bridge called the West Union Bridge was built in 1876 over Sugar Creek. it was bypassed in 1964 and can be found on Tow Path Road.

Rush Creek Bridge

covered bridge tote bags

The bridge at Rush creek is in a very woody setting. It was built in 1904 and is 77 feet.

Covered Bridge Roseville

This bridge is in Roseville, Indiana. It was built in 1910 over Big Raccon Creek and is 263 feet.

Phillips Covered Bridge

Parke County, Indiana

Phillips bridge ws built in 1909 over Big Pond Creek. It is the smallest bridge we visited at 43 feet.

Information from Parke County

Much of the information for this lens was taken from brochures provided by the Parke County Tourist Center. You can visit the center in Rockville, Indiana or obtain the information online at Covered Bridges.com.

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    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @fisheagle lm: Thank you for visiting and commenting on my lens. There are bridges in

      Madison County Iowa that were the inspiration for the film but I do believe

      some of these bridges are pretty similar.

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      fisheagle lm 

      4 years ago

      We do not have any covered bridges where I live in South Africa. Would any of these bridges have been used or been the inspiration for the film, Bridges of Madison County? Great lens with some really beautiful pictures, thank you

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I do love covered bridges. We have several in our area.

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      sittonbull 

      5 years ago

      There's something really special about the old covered bridges and you can almost hear the voice of history speaking when you walk through one. We used to have a number of them in our area, but vandals have burned most of them.

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Love this piece of heritage.

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      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      Covered bridge is a nice idea. I have not visited earlier but the bridge has nicely depicted many of them.

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      VillaDejaBlue 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Sheilamarie 

      7 years ago from British Columbia

      Wow! You've featured lots of beautiful covered bridges! I'll feature this and your other covered bridge lens on my Vermont-covered-bridges lens.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      We are pretty proud of our covered bridges here in Indiana and especially in Parke County. You did a lovely job of photographing them!

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      I have seen some covered bridges in Indiana but not in Parke County. They really are neat to see and experience. Your pictures are beautiful.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Just gorgeous! I love covered bridges, they have such character and history behind them, and we always seem to be drawn towards them.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful! I thought I'd been here before but decided to peek in and am so glad I did. You have covered bridge heaven in Indiana for sure and you have captured it all beautifully! This is so inviting!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Pretty pictures for a pretty lens. I always wondered, why were these bridges covered?

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      tssfacts 

      8 years ago

      My Mom was born and raised in Bunker Hill, IN. As a child I was fascinated with cover bridges. When we would visit I would beg my parents to take me to see the cover bridges even if it was out of the way. Sometimes they would drive an extra hour or so just so I could see a cover bridge. Such memories.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      As always, beautiful photography! I love the throw pillow :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome scenery! I can't wait to see one of these covered bridges one day! Excellent photography!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      The Parke County bridges do make for interesting weekend drive. The countryside is pretty and the bridges unique. Lovely lens, you got some wonderful shots!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Pretty spectacular... I love covered bridges!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Gals you enjoyed your trip. The architecture is awesome on the covered bridges.

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like a great trip and, as always, your photos and products are really well done. I am adding this to my Indiana lensography.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      great covered bridge products. super photos as usual.

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