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Busching Covered Bridge 14-69-04



Photo taken by Chris Light

BH Photo #102969

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Howe truss covered bridge over Laughery Creek on CR 40 South
Ripley County, Indiana
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1885 by Thomas A. Hardman
- Thomas A. Hardman
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 165.6 ft.
Total length: 182.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 19, 2019
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06767, -85.23783   (decimal degrees)
39°04'04" N, 85°14'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/652448/4325763 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6900033 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-69-04 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 100003509 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added National Register information
  • February 22, 2021: New photo from Grant DiDomizio
  • November 13, 2020: New photo from David Case
  • September 29, 2020: New photos from James McCray
  • June 23, 2018: New photo from Linda Daffron
  • May 13, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • April 18, 2016: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • May 22, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 24, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • August 18, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Light


  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • HAER IN-33 - Busching Covered Bridge, Spanning Laughery Creek at Covered Bridge Road, Versailles, Ripley County, IN
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Andrew Raker
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Case
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Busching Covered Bridge 14-69-04
Posted June 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was just here and at the Otter Creek Covered Bridge this past Saturday and noticed the brand new signs. I was actually surprised that they weren't already listed. The Friendship Stone Arch Bridge was the other structure included. Now the Cavehill Road truss bridge and concrete arch bridge, along with several other stone arch spans, need to also be listed.

Busching Covered Bridge 14-69-04
Posted June 13, 2021, by William Arnold (joeandbeaa [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now on the National Registry of Historical Places. Otter Creek Covered Bridge and a third bridge in Ripley County, Indiana all added in 2019. Photo at the Busching Covered Bridge. Sign and Dedication Ceremony did not happen until June of 2021.

Busching Covered Bridge
Posted November 5, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

This covered bridge was rehabilitated in 2005 by CLR Inc Vincennes IN