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Medora Covered Bridge 14-36-04

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Overview

Photo taken August 2006 by Tom Hall

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Three-span covered bridge over East Fork White River just off IN 235, east of Medora
Location
Jackson County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Restored in 2011
History
Built 1875, closed to vehicle traffic in 1972, restored in 2011
Builder
- Joseph J. Daniels
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 462.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
The Dark Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.81858, -86.14737   (decimal degrees)
38°49'07" N, 86°08'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/574019/4296990 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Medora
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-36-04 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 16345 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • December 20, 2011: New photo from J.P.
  • September 28, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • July 18, 2011: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • November 3, 2010: New photos from Tom Hall
  • May 22, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 21, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 2, 2010: New photos from Tom Hall
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photo from Tom Hall

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • HAER IN-45 - Medora Bridge, Spanning East Fork of White River at State Route 235, Medora, Jackson County, IN
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Andrew Raker

Comments 

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted December 20, 2011, by J.P.

Uploaded a panoramic photo of the medora bridge. The river was a little flooded so I couldn't get the perfect shot.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted August 23, 2011, by Ella Reff (emreff [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I read on a recent website about Jackson County (Wikipedia) that this is the longest bridge in the U. S.

My great-grandparents Effie and Creed Hall lived in the country near Medora.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Jason Fee (jfee [at] jsengr [dot] com)

The rehabilitation work is scheduled to be finished by the end of this week. The ribbon cutting is currently scheduled for July 12th at 1:30 PM. For more detail about the bridge and the rehab project, see the website for Friends of the Medora Covered Bridge at www.medoracoveredbridge.com

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted April 2, 2011, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Drove to Jackson County today, and was interesting to see just how much work has been done to this old Girl. Will have to keep updated on her, and go back when she is fully restored.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted July 5, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove out that way on Saturday, not knowing about the restoration. It was thrilling to see this bridge in this "state of undress" -- it's a rare thing indeed to see.

As you can see from the photos, I didn't exactly respect the construction boundaries. I just couldn't resist.

BTW, this stretch of SR 235 was US 50's original alignment through here.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted July 1, 2010, by Fleeta K. Arthur (yakfleet [at] g-mail [dot] com)

The Medora Covered Bridge is undergoing restoration at this time. Visitors must adhere to the boundaries established by the contractor.

No stimulus moneys have been utilized on the TE and the National Historic Covered Bridge Grants.

Unfortunately, local Indot is transferring TE grants from Bell Ford to effectively eliminate Bell Ford from Jackson Co. where it Belongs. Politics as usual in Indiana. $l.4 million reasons to vote Republican this fall. The County officials are not willing to go to bat for this bridge. 2. State will take care of the bridge when relocated but unwilling to share in its upkeep in Jackson County. By the way Local Indot R/W on one half of Bell Site; P & R gave Division of Natural Resources an easement to White River at Bell Site. Find pay back. It is a sad commentary when another group comes after grants obtained by local Park and Recreation Board member who did not obtain these grants with local tax dollars.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 26, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any friend of the spans....is a friend of mine Steve!

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 26, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am so glad that I discovered this website while mindless surfing one day. I have come to think of Tony Dillon as a friend who shares a passion of old bridges, though I have yet to meet him face to face. Might have to go in search of this bridge.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted May 21, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hats off to the "bridgehunters" in the pictures shown on this classic's profile. I send a huge salute to ALL bridge fans whom care for the integrity of historic bridges the world over. I also send a hearty salute to the fellow bridgebuffs on this site whom share in my anger toward those whom vandalize historic bridges. "Lets send them spraypaint weilding punks to some tough labor, community service work involving repainting, or repairing a bridge." My biggest salutes go to Tony Dillon, Nathan Hoth, and Robert Elder. I am a big fan of their ambition and determination to save the bridges. I know there are others like them, and a salute comes their way too.

Long Live the Historic Bridge.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted January 3, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Supports were placed under the East end of the bridge (by far the worse part)as it was starting to lean. They also put a temporary metal roof over the old to keep out any more water. I was on the bridge in July and despite being long neglected, the old girl was hanging strong. J.J.Daniels really knew how to build a bridge!

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted January 3, 2010, by Tom (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

None too soon either. I was beginning to fear it would meet the same fate as Bells Ford, allowed to deteriorate to the point of collapsing. The last time I visited it wasnít looking too good, lots of rot and decay, especially in the arches and where the floor beams sit on the piers and abutments. Strong winds or even heavy snow this winter could bring it down if something isnít done soon. Hopefully itíll hold until they get started on restoration.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted January 3, 2010, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like this one is going to be preserved.

http://www.browncountyindiana.com/index.php?id=821

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (dillon [dot] fam [at] att [dot] net)

Your talking about the Bell's Ford Covered Bridge west of Seymour. The other half of the bridge collapsed a couple of years ago. Now all of the iron castings and any usable wood parts are in storage. Hopefully someday it will go back up where it belongs.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

News photos are copyrighted and cannot be posted here without the permission of the news source - which is why news stories are linked and not reproduced.

It is possible to obtain permission to republish news photos, however, each photo requires the payment of a republication fee that is prohibitive to an all-volunteer, non-commercial site, like Bridge Hunters.

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by jerry (puttputt1982 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Are there any pictures of the bridge during the recent flooding? If so please post. Also, the bridge just north of the Medora bridge (Shieldstown ? ). It was partially washed away, but what happened to the other half? the location of this bridge is Seymore. Thanks

Medora Covered Bridge
Posted August 21, 2007, by james mccray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 18 Aug, 2007 and it has a new roof. The pictures show the bridge with the new roof. Also my friends Bob, Mark, and John were with me. It was the first time John has ever seen a covered bridge.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.