bridge information


The Thorpe Frod Bridge
World Guide #14-61-07
Parke County Guide #16

Thorpe Ford Bridge

Crossing Big Raccoon Creek, this 181-foot long Burr Arch truss structure was built by J.A. Britton in 1912. It was posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and bypassed in 1961. It is closed to traffic.

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.