Crooks Covered Bridge

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Crooks Covered Bridge
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Crooks Covered Bridge
Coordinates39°43′26.75″N 87°11′22.5″W / 39.7240972°N 87.189583°W / 39.7240972; -87.189583Coordinates: 39°43′26.75″N 87°11′22.5″W / 39.7240972°N 87.189583°W / 39.7240972; -87.189583
CarriesCrooks Bridge Road (Main road bypasses covered bridge, bridge open to traffic)
CrossesLittle Raccoon Creek
LocaleAdams Township, Parke County, Indiana
Official nameCrooks Covered Bridge
Other name(s)Walker Adams Bridge, Darroch's Lost Bridge
OwnerParke County
Maintained byParke County
WGCB #14-61-17 [1]
Characteristics
DesignBurr arch truss bridge[2]
MaterialHewn stone (foundations)
Trough constructionWood
Total length154 ft (46.9 m) (includes 11 ft (3.4 m) overhangs on each end)
Width14 ft (4.3 m)
Longest span132 ft (40.2 m)
No. of spans1
Load limit4 short tons (3.6 t; 8,000 lb)
Clearance above13 ft (4.0 m)
History
Construction cost$1,200 or $5,900
Rebuilt1867 or 1872
Crooks Covered Bridge (#12)
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge is located in Parke County, Indiana
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge is located in Indiana
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Location of Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Built1856 (1856) or 1860 (1860)
Built byHenry Wolf
WebsiteCrooks Bridge
Part ofParke County Covered Bridges TR (ID64000193)
NRHP reference No.78000391 [3]
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 1978

The Crooks Covered Bridge is a single span Burr Arch Truss structure that crosses Little Raccoon Creek built in 1855-1856 by Henry Wolf just southeast of Rockville, Indiana.[4]

History[edit]

The exact history of this bridge has become hazy with the passing of time. A couple of different sources give varying years as to when certain things may have happened; what is consistent is that the bridge was moved from its original location sometime after 1863 maybe due to the road being abandoned. Some claim that the bridge actually washed downstream to its new location where new abutments were put under it and a road built to it. Still others claim that because the creek changed its course the bridge had to be dismantled and moved. Yet another claim is that General Arthur Patterson, one of the founders of Rockville, had the bridge rebuilt by J.J. Daniels in 1867 after a viewing committee, which included Daniels, recommended it be rebuilt. Daniels also recommended moving the bridge to the Darroch's Site because it was thought to be safe from flooding. This proved false though when the bridge had to be repaired in 1875 after being damaged by flooding.[5][6]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.indianacrossings.org/bridgeLinks/14-61-17.html
  2. ^ "Crooks Covered Bridge (#12)". Parke County Convention & Visitors Commission. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System – Crooks Covered Bridge (#12) (#78000391)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Crooks Covered Bridge (#12)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.indianacrossings.org/bridgeLinks/14-61-17.html
  6. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-06-01. Note: This includes Charles Felkner (December 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Parke County Covered Bridge Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01. and Site map.

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