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Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28



Photo taken Oct. 2005 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102900


Street View 


Covered bridge over Sugar Creek on CRN50W
Parke County, Indiana
Open despite being damaged twice by oversized trucks attempting to cross it.
Built 1861, rehabilitated 1977 and 2007
- Joseph J. Daniels
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 198.1 ft.
Total length: 227.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1978
Also called
Rockport Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.88014, -87.28242   (decimal degrees)
39°52'49" N, 87°16'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/475850/4414492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6100148 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-61-28 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 78000393 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16808 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 3, 2019: New Street View added by Jeff Wieland
  • April 2, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • June 21, 2018: New photo from Linda Daffron
  • May 27, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 14, 2017: New photos from Tom Phelan
  • October 20, 2013: New photo from Steve Conro
  • June 28, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status......bridge is temporarily closed
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 20, 2010: New photo from Jim Grey
  • May 22, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • January 31, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • November 5, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 18, 2009: New photo from Sean Flynn
  • January 6, 2009: New photos from Sean Flynn
  • November 13, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • HAER IN-48 - Jackson Covered Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, CR 775N (Changed from Spanning Sugar Creek), Bloomingdale vicinity, Parke County, IN
  • Sean Flynn
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tom Phelan - thomasp335 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • Jeff Wieland


Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted June 7, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Come on Headache Bar!

Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted June 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted January 23, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tom,a headache bar can be installed at the intersection with Jackson Road and another one at the intersection with 150w.That way,no trucks can ever get on the bridge and ruin it.All covered bridges and truss bridges should have these due to incompetent truck drivers.

Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted January 23, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Its about TIME to get those strong headache bars placed at the last driveway before the bridge.That way, any driver of large vehicles who sees the bars should realize that they're too low to fit under. Anyone making deliveries in a large truck should cross the US 41 bridge and take like the next left. Come On! Don't people know what low clearance signs mean? And whoever is driving a large truck for delivery should know the height of their vehicle and realize that low hanging objects could be anywhere. Its about time to get headache bars for the Jackson Bridge.

Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted January 23, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Heavily damaged AGAIN yesterday by an oversized truck. Driver was located and arrested for leaving the scene.


Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted April 2, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I added a photo of the bridge under construction that was previously added. I did so because I felt it was worth noting that the builder J.J. Daniels was actually in the photo.

Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted May 18, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Time for solid I-Beam Headache bars since this has happened at least 3 times now! And they need to be far enough away as not to disrupt with photography.

Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted May 18, 2017, by Chris (cfdellarocco [at] gmail [dot] com)

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Parke County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information in regards to damage done to the Jackson Covered Bridge located on Bdale Road over Sugar Creek.

Deputies report on Tuesday around 11:30 p.m. they were called to the bridge to investigate the damage.

They report the damage is consistent with a large truck and they believe a semi attempted to go through the bridge. Damage shows the vehicle made it part way through.

Officials are looking for a dark blue semi that should have damage to the upper most part of the cab.

If you have any information, contact the Parke County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 569-5413.


Jackson Covered Bridge 14-61-28
Posted April 13, 2016, by Anonymous

Yeah, we can ban semis's, but who will enforce the law?

Posted April 12, 2016, by Michael Taylor

Can we please ban Semis from driving on small roads and force them to take the interstates only? Cause tjese guys although mostly courteous have machines that tend to wind up where they shouldn't... It's not just bridges that are the issue. It's that they go places that they are so heavy it causes problems for drivers on mountain roads, and they take up most space in small roads.

Jackson Covered Bridge
Posted June 28, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Idiocracy strikes again

Jackson Covered Bridge
Posted June 28, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Here is a short e-mail from the director of Parke County Inc. talking about the damage to the Jackson Covered Bridge. You have to read this one to believe it!

"The Jackson Bridge suffered some damage last night as a semi 23 ton attempted to cross the Jackson Bridge. 7 of the 10 vertical cross beams were busted. Bridge Inspectors were on the scene early today to access the damage if any. As of right now the bridge is closed until further notice.

Parke County along with grants had the bridge reinforced about 3 years ago at a cost of 2 million dollars. It is 207 feet long and the longest single span covered bridge still in use today in the United States.

The truck actually was totally on the bridge when on the 7th cross the truck air foil became stuck in the beams. County highway had to cut the beams to free the truck. At the same time one of the timbers fell between the truck and trailer cutting an air line making problems for moving the truck.

When asked why he crossed the bridge, noticing 3 signs saying 13 ton limit, he said he did not know.

When asked why he continued through the bridge when he heard and saw timber coming down--- he replied--well I had to get out of the bridge. Why did you not back up into a drive prior to the bridge opening. He said there was a cable across the drive. County commissioner said to him So you would rather tear up a 2 million dollar bridge than a $100 cable. Driver had no reply.

He ended up on the Bdale Road at the bridge because he could not make a left turn onto Bdale Road at Annapolis. He said he could only turn right. He went the wrong way.

The only good thing I can say is the Jackson Bridge with a 13 ton load limit is still standing. True test of the weight a bridge can handle as the 23 ton semi was on the bridge for approximately 3 to 4 hours. They were built tough and they stand tough."

Sounds like that rehabilitation saved this landmark span, as it would have likely collapsed before!

Jackson Covered Bridge
Posted November 6, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I remember seeing this covered bridge as a boy.

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

My company, CLR Inc. rehabilitated the Jackson bridge, by moving the entire bridge off of Sugar Creek and once it was on dry land just north of the creek, it was totally rehabilitated, then moved back out over the creek, to its original position. Extensive work was also done to the north abutment to accept the moving of the bridge off and then on again.

Jackson Covered Bridge
Posted October 12, 2007, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, I guess I'll be the first one to tell the Jackson Bridge was apparently rehabilitated again in 2007! The bridge was in fair condition when I saw it last. This is the LONGEST SINGLE(ONE) SPAN covered bridge still in use in the United States. Such a massive single wooden span was built over 140 years ago before many iron truss bridges were. I can't imagine working like this bridges builder JJ Daniels did. The Jackson Bridge is one of my favorite covered bridges and I can't wait until I see it next.