BRIDGETON COVERED BRIDGE

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While the New Bridgeton Covered Bridge will be finished in time for the 2006 Covered Bridge Festivle (click here), the original covered bridge is no longer standing ... it crossed Big Raccoon Creek beside County Road East 780 South in Parke County. This double span Burr Arch Truss structure had a length of 245 feet, or 267 feet including the 11-foot overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 13 feet wide by 12 feet high. Built in 1868 by Joseph J. Daniels, the road bypassed this structure in 1967 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The Bridgeton Covered Bridge was listed in the 1989 "World Guide to Covered Bridges," published by The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Inc., as #14-61-04; however, the designation used by Parke County officials was #14-61-08.

In the February 1938 "Indiana History Bulletin," Robert B. Yule and Richard C. Smith assigned the designation "bt" to this Covered Timber Bridge located between Sections 15 and 22, Township 14 North, and Range 7 West, at Bridgeton. Considered the most photographed covered bridge in Indiana, if not the world, this structure was destroyed by an arsonist in the early morning hourse of April 28, 2005 ... although this individual has probably been apprehended, the work to replace the structure with another covered bridge that will replicate the grandeur of the original has already begun with a dedication ceremony held January 12, 2006. A contract to restore the abutments and pier has already been released and it is hoped that a "New" Bridgeton Covered Bridge will be finished for the 50th Anniverssary of the Park County Covered Bridge Festivle in October 2006!

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