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The Phillips Bridge
World Guide #14-61-12
Parke County Guide #22

Phillips Bridge

Crossing Big Pond Creek, this 51-foot long Multiple King Post trussstructure was built by J.A. Britton in 1909; it also has one span truss and the foundation is concrete. Unlike the rest of the bridges of Parke County, it is a single span King Post bridge structure, having no arches. It is also the shortest covered bridge in the county; the Weisner Bridge was the shortest county-owned bridge until it was washed away in 1957, giving the Phillips Bridge that title. This bridge is open 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.