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The West Union Bridge
World Guide #14-61-27
Parke County Guide #26

West Union Bridge

The West Union Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the country. Crossing Sugar Creek, this 335 foot long Burr Arch truss structure was built by J.J. Daniels in 1876 . Bypassed in 1964 the West Union bridge is closed to traffic.

West Union Bridge now stands adjacent to CR 525W, having been bypassed by a new bridge in 1964. It crosses Sugar Creek and remains open to foot traffic. The bridge was constructed in 1876 by J. J. Daniels, one of many that he built in the area. This two-span bridge covers 315', making it the longest bridge in Parke County. Total length including overhang is 334'. The double Burr Arch construction is evident even from the outside as the bridge dips toward its middle. The deck is 17' wide by 14.5' high and the abutments are of cut stone, with a poured concrete approach added to the south end in 1936.

Two span double Burr Arch construction, 315' span. Portal is 17' W by 14.5' H. Cut stone abutments, shingle roof.

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.