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West Union Covered Bridge 14-61-27



Photo taken by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102933


Street Views 


HAER Fly-through of West Union Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, Montezuma, Indiana


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West Union Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Constructed in 1876 by J. J. Daniels, one of the nationís most prolific covered bridge builders, West Union Bridge in Parke County, Indiana, is an outstanding, intact example of the Burr truss, a highly-significant American timber bridge type that was widely used for a century. West Union Bridge is one of the most visually impressive and structurally intact of approximately 180 surviving Burr truss covered bridges in the United States.


Covered bridge over Sugar Creek on CR525W north of West Union
Parke County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1876, bypassed in 1964
- Joseph J. Daniels
Covered Burr arch-truss
Total length: 315.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.85506, -87.33575   (decimal degrees)
39°51'18" N, 87°20'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/471279/4411723 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-61-27 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 78000414 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16835 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 27, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 14, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 27, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 15, 2017: Updated by Will Truax: Updated NHL status
  • November 27, 2014: New video from Dave King
  • October 20, 2013: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 18, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 9, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • May 8, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 10, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • January 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: HAER data and categories
  • October 29, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • January 7, 2009: New photos from Sean Flynn
  • December 22, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Sean Flynn
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER IN-105 - West Union Bridge, Spanning Sugar Creek, CR 525W, West Union, Parke County, IN
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Wikipedia
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


West Union Covered Bridge
Posted June 21, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was in Parke County, Blue, Brown, and Yellow driving and found this wonderful bridge. It just might be me, but I swear each time I see this old timer, I have to wonder if it's leaning way too much. Would hate to see it crumble.

Also there is a dirt road near Lodi Indiana that I swear could be dangerous. It ends at the big lake near the Cayuga power plant. I wonder how many people have driven into the lake at night?

West Union Covered Bridge
Posted September 16, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


That bridge has been sketched and painted literally thousands of times over the years. It could be a local artist......or with the popularity of the Covered Bridge Festival someone from very far away. You might take a picture of the sketch and post it....someone might recognize it.

West Union Covered Bridge
Posted September 15, 2009, by Mike (threedoggss [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a pencile drawing of this bridge that I found at an action in Ohio. I have had for 10years or more. Trying to find out some information on the drawing. The bridge is identical to the one on this site and I cant make out the artist.Also has a barn in the back ground just like your site. I belive this pencile work is an orginal before the bridge was rebuilt. Thankyou please reply