Archibald M. Kennedy and sons

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Smith Covered Bridge, with the trademark signature of a Kennedy bridge
The Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge

Archibald McMichael Kennedy (August 25, 1818 in Guilford County, North Carolina – June 3, 1897 in Rush County, Indiana) was a carpenter and builder of covered bridges from Rush County, Indiana, United States.[1] His sons, Emmett L. Kennedy and Charles F. Kennedy, worked with him and separately, as did at least two of his grandsons. Many of the works are attributed to the firm name A. M. Kennedy & Sons.

The Kennedy firm was one of the "big three" firms of Indiana covered bridge builders, with at least 58 bridges to their credit. About 75 percent of their bridges have been demolished. A number of their remaining works survive, and some are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Kennedy built his own house (c. 1884) near Rushville, Indiana which is NRHP-listed. He and sons were responsible for the construction of the following bridges (with attribution):

Practices and works of the firm are described in a study "A. M. Kennedy House and Covered Bridges of Rush County".[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Phil McMullan (January 3, 1980). "A. M. Kennedy House and Covered Bridges of Rush County" (PDF). National Park Service. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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