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The Nevins Bridge
World Guide #14-61-05
Parke County Guide #14

Nevins Bridge

Crossing Little Raccoon Creek, this 179-foot long Burr Arch truss structure was built by J.A. Britton & Sons in 1920 and is open to traffic. Prior to the reconstruction of the Bridgeton Bridge in 2006, the Nevins Bridge was the newest covered bridge in Parke County. It was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1978.

This bridge has "Daniels Arched Portals" and a wood shingle roof. Rather than the carefully cut connecting keys of earlier bridges, the keys were square cut and reinforced by iron straps; iron rods were used to brace the sides and roof, a feature shared with the Portland Mills Bridge.

The building of the Nevins Covered Bridge closed an era. This bridge was the last bridge built by Joseph A. Britton. He was 83 at the time of the building, and later died at the age of 91. Nevins Bridge was also the last of the historical covered bridges built in Parke County.

Parke County is the home of the nation's largest Covered Bridge Festival (see Established in 1821 and named in honor of the first territorial delegate to Congress, Benjamin Parke, this county is located in West Central Indiana and Rockville is the County Seat.

Parke County originally had fifty-seven (57) known covered bridges plus one (1) it shared with Vermillion County to it's west. Today it has thirty (30) remaining.

Points of interest in the County include: Turkey Run State Park, Billie Creek Village, Raccoon Lake Recreation Area, and all of the beautiful Covered Bridges.