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Longwood Covered Bridge 14-21-01


Vintage postcard view

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #165797



As the Longwood Covered bridge approached it's 100th year, the condition of the span could only be considered dilapidated. It originally crossed Williams Creek on County Road 400 near Glenwood and was named for it's proximity to the Longwood Station on the B&O Railroad. As the last remaining of at least 4 Kennedy built covered bridges in the county, it's future seemed bleak. But in 1984, on it's 100th anniversary, it was moved to Roberts Park in Connersville. Apparently, a high school building trades class was largely responsible for saving this landmark that was nearly lost.


Burr arch truss bridge over depression in Roberts Park
Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians
Built in 1884 over Williams Creek and moved to Roberts Park in 1984.
- Kennedy Brothers
Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 92.0 ft.
Total length: 108.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.66893, -85.12849   (decimal degrees)
39°40'08" N, 85°07'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/660525/4392686 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-21-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 81000011 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45201 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • February 10, 2016: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • May 18, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 13, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: added NRHP
  • May 9, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added to discription



Longwood Covered Bridge
Posted April 24, 2011, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

"Bridge #3 appears to be from a previous railroad line it is located about one mile west of CR400 West and due west of Country Club Rd. and is the county Base line for East/West."

That would be the former interurban line to Rushville and Indianapolis.

Longwood Covered Bridge
Posted April 11, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

This bridge was actually on CR 75 North aprox. one-half mile west of Longwood Crossing.It was replaced in 1987 with a 116 ft. long UCEB according to an older Fayette County Road Map. Yesterday I canoed from this bridge @ CR 75 North all the way to the Whitewater River. There are three unique bridges downstream from this point;#1 a private metal bridge aprox. 80 ft. long located (in view) just east of the bridge and on the southside of CR 75 North, #2 a towering 50-60 ft tall, aprox 300 ft. long railroad trestle (CSX) with large wooden supports and lower concrete piers also in view south of CR 75 North and a 30 ft. tall arch concrete bridge, 50 foot wide and aprox. 100 ft. long. Bridge #3 appears to be from a previous railroad line it is located about one mile west of CR400 West and due west of Country Club Rd. and is the county Base line for East/West. I was running out of daylight and had very little time to stop and examine these structures with Williams Creek raging with rapids. I did not see any visual dates on any of the bridges but I was moving very fast with very little time. All of the previously mentioned can be seen on Google Earth. The tall Railroad trestle could be walked to by walking west of the railroad crossing @ C.R. 75 North for about a half-mile as it is over a step valley.