Moscow Covered Bridge

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Moscow Covered Bridge
Moscow Covered Bridge, southern side.jpg
Southern side of the reconstructed bridge
Moscow Covered Bridge is located in Indiana
Moscow Covered Bridge
Moscow Covered Bridge is located in the US
Moscow Covered Bridge
Location County Roads 625W and 875S at Moscow, Orange Township, Rush County, Indiana
Coordinates 39°29′6″N 85°33′17″W / 39.48500°N 85.55472°W / 39.48500; -85.55472Coordinates: 39°29′6″N 85°33′17″W / 39.48500°N 85.55472°W / 39.48500; -85.55472
Area less than one acre
Built 1886
Built by Kennedy,Emmett L.
Architectural style two Burr Arch Trusses, other
MPS Kennedy, A. M., House and Covered Bridges of Rush County TR
NRHP Reference # 83000096[1]
Added to NRHP February 2, 1983

The Moscow Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge located at Moscow, Indiana, a small unincorporated town in Rush County, Indiana. It is of Burr Arch construction, 334 feet (102 m) long in two spans over Big Flat Rock River in It is the third longest covered bridge in the state.[2]:2, 13

It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983, as part of a multiple property submission covering six bridges built by the Kennedy family firm.[1]


The bridge was originally constructed in 1886 by Emmett L. Kennedy of the Kennedy family firm that was responsible for many of Indiana's covered bridges. The Moscow bridge came to be the defining characteristic of the small community of Moscow, even providing the theme of an annual community festival. It was a devastating loss to the community when on June 3, 2008, a tornado destroyed the bridge and dropped its remnants into the valley of the Big Flatrock River.[2][3]

A website,, was used to solicit donations for reconstruction.

Local and state officials soon decided to rebuild the bridge. State prison inmates assisted in retrieving salvageable material from the old bridge from the river bed for reuse. The Dan McCollum and Sons firm was hired to manage the reconstruction of the bridge which was dedicated and reopened in September 2010.

Per the MoscowBridge.Com website, the reconstructed bridge "consists of over 40% timbers from the old bridge. The new bridge is built as a E. L. Kennedy designed and engineered bridge. It has the same look as the bridge destroyed June 3, 2008."[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "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 Phil McMullan (January 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: A. M. Kennedy House and Covered Bridges of Rush County" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01.  and Accompanying photographs.
  3. ^ a b "Moscow Bridge.Com, as archived February 25, 2011 in the Wayback machine". Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. 

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