West Union Covered Bridge
|West Union Covered Bridge|
|National Register of Historic Places|
West Union Covered Bridge
|Official name: West Union Covered Bridge|
|Named for: West Union, Indiana|
|Road||Tow Path Road (C.R. 525W) Road bypasses bridge, bridge closed to vehicular traffic.|
|Crosses||Sugar Creek, Parke County, Indiana|
|Length||337 ft (103 m) 310ft +10ft +17ft overhangs on each end|
|Width||17 ft (5 m)|
|Clearance||14.5 ft (4 m)|
|Design||Double Burr Arch truss double span bridge|
|Built||1876 Original Cost $16,125 or $8,900|
|- Repaired abutments||1913 and 1931|
|Owned and Maintained by||Parke County|
|WGCB Number||#14-61-27 |
|Added to NRHP||Dec 22, 1978|
|NRHP Ref#||78000414 |
|MPS||Parke County Covered Bridges TR|
The West Union Covered Bridge is north-northeast of Montezuma, Indiana. The two-span Burr Arch Truss covered bridge structure was built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1876. It is notable for being the longest standing covered bridge in Parke County.
The West Union Covered Bridge is the third bridge to stand at this location. The Star Mill Covered Bridge was the first and then the Harrison Covered Bridge replaced it but was damaged in 1876 prompting the West Union Covered Bridge to be built. The bridge was finished in September 1876. The road was originally part of the "Indiana State Highway", established with Legislature in 1827, which connected Fort Wayne with Terre Haute. Along with the Armiesburg Covered Bridge it hosted stage coach traffic to Lafayette.
Not much is left of West Union today, only a handful of houses. Gone are the school, post office, and the railroad. The Wabash Erie Canal ran just west of town with a feeder canal running south of Sugar Creek and connecting to the west of the bridge. The Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad crossed Sugar Creek to the east of the bridge and past West Union on the west side. Little is left of evidence of the railroad or the canal today. Farmers reclaimed the land and farm most of it today.
- List of Registered Historic Places in Indiana
- Parke County Covered Bridges
- Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "West Union Covered Bridge". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
|Fly-through of West Union Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, Montezuma, Indiana, HAER, September 10, 2014|
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. IN-105, "West Union Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, CR 525W, West Union, Parke County, IN"