bridge information


The Mansfield Bridge
World Guide #14-61-20
Parke County Guide #5

Mansfield Bridge

Joseph J. Daniels built this structure over Big Raccoon Creek at a cost of $12,200 in 1867. It has a Double Burr Arch 2 Span Truss and the foundation is hewn limestone block. At 279 feet in length, it is the longest covered bridge in Parke County.

Although it was built for wagons, the Mansfield Bridge has a 10-ton load limit. In one recorded story, while the bridge was still used for state route 59, three loaded oil trucks approached the bridge. The first truck stalled out just before leaving the bridge, and all three trucks came to a stop on the two spans. There was no apparent damage to the strong structure.

Mansfield Bridge was closed in 1980 for repair to the abutments, roof and deck. The roof and deck were replaced again in October of 1990 by the County Highway Department. It was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1978 and 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.