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State Sanatorium Covered Bridge 14-61-38



Photo taken by Tom Hall in May 2006


BH Photo #125986



State Sanatorium Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


The bridge was not at this location when the imagery was taken in 2005. If you follow the creek downstream about one mile you will see the bridge in it's original location.


Covered bridge over Little Raccoon Creek
Parke County, Indiana
Moved to new location and reopened
Built 1913, relocated in 2008 to a new location upstream
- Dan Collum & Co.
- Joseph A. Britton
Covered Burr arch-truss
Total length: 154.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78120, -87.14501   (decimal degrees)
39°46'52" N, 87°08'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/487582/4403482 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37620 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1913 (895)
Built during 1910s (9,880)
Burr arch-truss (376)
Covered (1,772)
Dan Collum & Co. (2)
Indiana (5,040)
Joseph A. Britton (17)
NR-listed (3,005)
Open (40,427)
Owned by county (21,380)
Parke County, Indiana (93)
Through truss (16,236)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,076)
Truss (34,656)

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2021: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 27, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 14, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 18, 2018: New photo from Linda Daffron
  • May 7, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates for new location.
  • October 25, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 30, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • January 25, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • October 14, 2008: Added by Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


State Sanatorium Covered Bridge
Posted October 28, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

What excellent photographs! Thank you very much for sharing them.

State Sanatorium Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

The Sanitorium bridge has been moved approx. one mile upstream, to a new location. My company, CLR Inc. worked with Square and Level Construction company, in a joint effort to preserve the old structure. It was first picked off its old abutments and taken completely apart and tranported upstream to an open field near the new location and totally rebuilt, with about half of the wood being replaced with new timbers. While the bridge was being rebuilt in the nearby field, new abutments were constructed, driving 16 steel shell concrete filled piles approx. 40 feet each, into each abutment. Then new concrete was poured around the piling to the original specs of the old abutments. When both the abutmenst were completed and all the wood replaced in the bridge, the bridge was then moved across the creek and picked up by two large cranes and set in place on its new foundations. It is now being used once again.