Williams, Lawrence County, Indiana

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Williams
census-designated place
Williams is located in Indiana
Williams
Williams
Coordinates: 38°48′16″N 86°38′50″W / 38.80444°N 86.64722°W / 38.80444; -86.64722Coordinates: 38°48′16″N 86°38′50″W / 38.80444°N 86.64722°W / 38.80444; -86.64722
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lawrence
Township Spice Valley
Elevation[1] 574 ft (175 m)
ZIP code 47470
FIPS code 18-84338[2]
GNIS feature ID 451629

Williams is an unincorporated census-designated place in Spice Valley Township, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Geography[edit]

Williams is located at 38°48′16″N 86°38′50″W / 38.80444°N 86.64722°W / 38.80444; -86.64722.

History[edit]

The Williams post office was established in 1876.[3] Byrd E. Williams was an early postmaster.[4] Williams was platted in 1889.[5]

Williams Covered Bridge[edit]

The Williams Covered Bridge, also known as the Lawrence County Covered Bridge, is the longest double-span covered bridge still open to traffic in Indiana. It crosses the East Fork of the White River, in Section 7, Township 4 North, and Range 2 West, southwest of Williams. This double span Howe truss structure has a length of 376 feet, or 402 feet including the 13-foot overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 16 feet wide by 12 feet 6 inches high. Built in 1884 by Joseph J. Daniels, the bridge receives its name from the nearby town, which was named in honor of early settler Isaac Williams. Though no historical marker is present, the Williams Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and is listed as #14-47-02 in the 1989 World Guide.

The Williams Covered Bridge was totally refurbished and is no longer open to traffic as of September 15, 2013. It has been closed for at least a year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 348. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. Byrd E. Williams became postmaster in 1900. 
  5. ^ History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries, and Institutions. B.F. Bowen. 1914. p. 206.