Mansfield Covered Bridge

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Mansfield Covered Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
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Mansfield Covered Bridge
Official name: Mansfield Covered Bridge
Named for: Mansfield, Indiana
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Jackson
Road Martin Road (C.R. 145)
City Mansfield, Indiana
Crosses Big Raccoon Creek
Coordinates 39°40′32.25″N 87°6′6.4″W / 39.6756250°N 87.101778°W / 39.6756250; -87.101778Coordinates: 39°40′32.25″N 87°6′6.4″W / 39.6756250°N 87.101778°W / 39.6756250; -87.101778
Length 279 ft (85 m) 247ft +16ft overhangs on each end
Width 16 ft (5 m) [1]
Clearance 14 ft (4 m)
Load 10 tons
Builder Daniels, J.J.
Design Double Burr Arch truss double span bridge
Material Wood
Built September 4, 1867 Original cost $12,200
 - Rebuilt 1990
Owned and Maintained by Parke County
NBI Number 6100089[2]
WGCB Number #14-61-20 [3]
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000399[4]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Mansfield Bridge in Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the United States

The Mansfield Covered Bridge is a Double Burr Arch double span truss bridge located on Mansfield Road (historic) and Big Raccoon Creek in Mansfield southeast of Rockville in Parke County, Indiana. Built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1867 at a cost of $12,200. At 279 ft (85 m) it is the longest covered bridge left in Parke County. [1][5]


Built for a time where only wagons, horses and pedestrians whould have used the bridge the Mansfield Bridge has a 10-short-ton (9.1 t) load limit. The bridge had been used for State Route 59 and in one recorded story, three loaded oil trucks approached the bridge together. The first truck stalled out just before leaving the bridge, and all three trucks came to a stop on the two spans. There was no apparent damage to the strong structure. The arches combined with the truss are able to support more weight than needed so the limit is in the decking and material used for it.[3]

Mansfield Bridge was closed in 1980 for repair to the abutments, roof and decking. The roof and decks were replaced again in October 1990 by the Parke County Highway Department.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[4]


The Mansfield Covered Bridge

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  1. ^ a b "Mansfield Covered Bridge (#5)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
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  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "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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