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The covered bridges of Parke County are well-known tourist attractions in Parke Countymarker, Indianamarker, United Statesmarker, which touts itself as the "Covered Bridge Capital of the World". The county has more covered bridges than any other county in the United States. This is due to several reasons, mainly due to the numerous streams and creeks in the county, and having the natural resources and designers to build the bridges. They were also well-made. Most were built of poplar wood and built Burr Arch style. The main designers of the bridges were J.J. Daniels, J.A. Britton, William Hendricks, and Henry Wolf. Daniels and Britton built numerous bridges, 158 in Indiana between them.

In 1937, there were 41 covered bridges in Parke County, more than in any other county. In 1998 the number was 32, but still higher than any other county.

The Jackson Covered Bridgemarker is the longest single span covered bridge in Indiana. The Portland Mills Covered Bridgemarker is the oldest of the county's covered bridges.

On December 22, 1978, all covered bridges still standing within the county were part of the Parke County Covered Bridges TR Multiple Property Submission, and went on the National Register of Historic Places

Every year there is a covered bridge festival in October to celebrate the covered bridges in Indiana. In 2005 it was voted Big Secrets Local Finds by Travelocity.

See also


  1. Parke County: Covered Bridge Capital | Indiana Scenic Byways
  2. Parke County - Covered Bridge Capital of the World
  3. IHB: 404

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