Portland Mills Covered Bridge 14-61-21
Photo taken Oct. 2005 by Tom Hall
BH Photo #102924
Originally built over Big Raccoon Creek at the village of Portland Mills, this bridge was scheduled for demolition in 1961 with the formation of Cecil M. Harden Lake. The bridge was spared that fate when it was decided to move it to the site of the Dooley Station Covered Bridge that had been destroyed by arson the previous year. Unfortunately the secluded location and a lack of maintenance contributed to the bridge falling into disrepair. After being closed to traffic and surviving an arson attempt of it's own plans were made to restore the bridge. Although one of the portals collapsed, the truss members remained intact and the bridge was restored in 1996.
- Covered bridge over Little Raccoon Creek on CR650N
- Parke County, Indiana
- Open to traffic
- Built 1856, relocated in 1961, closed to traffic in 1982, restored and reopened in 1996
- - Henry Wolf
- Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 118.8 ft.
Total length: 144.4 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.86076, -87.08916 (decimal degrees)
39°51'39" N, 87°05'21" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/492373/4412307 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- INNBI 6100112 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-61-21 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 78000408 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16821 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 05/2014)
- Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 57.7 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
- June 14, 2017: New photos from Tom Phelan
- February 4, 2015: Updated by Brent Tindall: Fixed typo in description, lake name
- August 4, 2012: Merged old and new listings
- August 13, 2011: Updated by Jacob P. Bernard: Changed info as someone thought this bridge was renovated when it really collapsed and a replica was built
- February 8, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status as this is the original bridge and not a replica at the new location.
- February 7, 2011: Added by Jacob P. Bernard
- May 19, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
- January 7, 2009: New photos from Sean Flynn
- November 13, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall