Melcher Covered Bridge
Melcher Covered Bridge
|Crosses||Leatherwood Creek, Indiana|
|Locale||Parke, Indiana, United States|
|Official name||Melcher Covered Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Klondyke Bridge, Marion Bridge, and Leatherwood Bridge|
|Named for||Melcher Railroad Station|
|Maintained by||Parke County|
|Design||National Register of Historic Places|
|Total length||97 ft (30 m)83ft +7ft overhangs on each end|
|Width||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Height||12.5 ft (3.8 m)|
|Constructed by||J. J. Daniels|
|MPS||Parke County Covered Bridges TR|
|NRHP reference No.||78000402 |
|Added to NRHP||Dec 22, 1978|
The Melcher Covered Bridge, also known as the "Klondyke Covered Bridge", "Marion Covered Bridge", or the "Leatherwood Covered Bridge" crosses Leatherwood Creek east of Montezuma, Indiana, and is a single-span Burr Arch Truss covered bridge structure that was built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1896.
The name "Melcher Covered Bridge" comes from the nearby Melcher Station which was originally on the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway (1846–1917). The CH&D and the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad crossed just west of the bridge.
The name "Marion Covered Bridge" comes from the Marion Brick Company which was south and west of the bridge. The bridge may have been built to provide road access to Montezuma located two miles west.
While the bridge was built by J. J. Daniels the portals no longer have his trademark portal arches. The portals have been modified to closer resemble those built by William Hendricks and Joseph A. Britton on their shorter bridges.
- List of Registered Historic Places in Indiana
- Parke County Covered Bridges
- Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
- "Melcher Covered Bridge (#24)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
- "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.