How Do You Locate Covered Bridges in Indiana?


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One of the best ways to locate covered bridges in Indiana is to travel to Parke County, Indiana: home of the annual Covered Bridge Festival. Other resources for viewing covered bridges include two popular books: "Indiana Covered Bridges," by Martha Williamson Mohr, and Harold Stiver's "Indiana's Covered Bridges: A Sourcebook for Photographers and Explorers."

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How Do You Locate Covered Bridges in Indiana?
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Parke County, Indiana, is unofficially known as "the covered bridge capitol of the world." The county boasts 31 covered bridges; many of these date to the 19th century. The website CoveredBridges.com offers street addresses where sightseers can find particular bridges, including the Beeson Covered Bridge and the Big Rocky Fork Covered Bridge. The Covered Bridge Festival is a countywide festival that always starts on the second Friday of October. It lasts for a week.

"Indiana's Covered Bridges," by Harold Stiver, is useful to tourists who want to find bridges of interest. Stiver includes photos of all of Indiana's historic bridges, as well as GPS coordinates to find them. Additionally, he gives readers written driving directions to help them find the bridges. These features, along with brief histories of the bridges and self-guided tours, make Stiver's book a valuable resource for touring Indiana's covered bridges. Martha Mohr's book, "Indiana Covered Bridges," contains over 100 full-color photographs of historic Indiana bridges. It does not include every covered bridge in the state, but does give a wide overview of different structures. Most readers consider this book beautiful for its pictures, but not fully useful as a guide book because Mohr does not give exact locations for each bridge.

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