COX FORD COVERED BRIDGE

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The Cox Ford Covered Bridge crosses Sugar Creek, located at the west edge of Turkey Run State Park in Parke County. This single span Burr Truss structure has a length of 176 feet, or 192 feet including the 8-foot overhang at each end, is 16 feet wide and 13 feet high. Built in 1913 by Joseph A. Britton, the Cox Ford Covered Bridge has a rather unique distinction as it was built to replace a steel bridge that was lost in the 1913 flood; the arches used in construction were from a bridge built 60 years before which also washed out in the 1913 flood; during the depression she received a new coat of paint applied by a W.P.A. group. Though no historical marker is present, the Cox Ford Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Cox Ford Covered Bridge is listed in the 1989 "World Guide to Covered Bridges," published by The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Inc., as #14-61-34; however, the designation used by Parke County officials is #14-61-36 ... in the February 1938 "Indiana History Bulletin" Robert B. Yule and Richard C. Smith assigned the designation "sg" to this Covered Timber Bridge located in Section 28, Township 17 North, and Range 7 West, about 1/2 a mile west of Turkey Run State Park.

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