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Huffman's Mill Covered Bridge 14-62-01 / 14-74-01

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The bridge is called the Huffman Mill Covered Bridge. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Huffman's Mill Covered Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Facts 

Overview
Covered Burr Arch truss bridge over Anderson River on CR 1475 East
Location
Spencer County, Indiana, and Perry County, Indiana
Status
Preserved and open to pedestrians
History
Built 1863
Builder
- William T. Washer
Design
Covered bridge
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 38.4 ft.
Total length: 147.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.4 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1998
Also called
Huffman's Mill Bridge (official name)
Spencer County Bridge #151
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.10389, -86.77694   (decimal degrees)
38°06'14" N, 86°46'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/519556/4217365 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fulda
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7400139 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 98000299 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 14-62-01 / 14-74-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 17033 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 19, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 17, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 1, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • June 22, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 19, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • July 10, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • April 26, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • February 25, 2008: New photos from James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Linda Daffron
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Huffman's Mill Covered Bridge 14-62-01 / 14-74-01
Posted September 20, 2019, by Barry (bllauver33 [at] gmail [dot] com )

When I was a very young boy in the late 1940's all of my experience with covered bridges was in northern York County Pennsylvania. I imagined that all covered bridges were Burr arch trusses. It much later that I realized that there were far more truss designs. I have made side trips many places in the US to see covered bridges and have learned about various truss designs.

Nothing has ever improved on my early trips across Stoner's bridge when it was the only crossing of the Yellow Breeches at Bowmansdale. The bridge was bypassed in the early 1950's. Ppl

Huffman's Mill Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A really neat area and a beautiful old homestead...sorry to hear it's not in the Huffman family anymore. I do wish they had done a better job with the bypass bridge. It's higher and too close to the covered bridge and makes it feel like it's in a hole.

Huffman's Mill Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Nancy (Huffman) Breininger (nancybreininger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A stone pillar several hundred yards upstream from the bridge marks the site of the last mill. A hand-hewn log beam that served as the dam's foundation can still be seen during low water. Mills of various types (steam and water powered) and purposes (grain, lumber, spokes, etc.) were operated from the early 1800's until the early 20th century. Old mill records indicate Thomas Lincoln (Abe's father) brought grain to Huffman to be milled. At one time my ancestors built log rafts and navigated them down the Anderson to the Ohio and Mississippi, selling their locally produced cargo in Natchez and New Orleans, then taking the Natchez Trace home. The old brick 2-story house that sits south of the bridge served from 1813 until the 1980's as the Huffman family homestead. Seven generations of Huffmans lived in the house, making it one of the oldest family farms in the state until it was sold. My cousin, John Huffman, has started a blog site (huffmanmill. blogspot.com) to record information about the bridge and mill sites that played a prominent part of my family's history.

Anderson River Bridge
Posted February 26, 2008, by Tom Hoffman

I remember seeing the Huffman Mill Covered Bridge when it was still open. It was bypassed long after it should have been. Many vehicles crossed daily which the bridge had taken a beating from. It was built by William T. Washer who built many southwest Indiana covered bridges. Probably, Only this one and the Wheeling covered bridge in Gibson County still remain of his.

Anderson River Bridge
Posted December 20, 2006, by Clark Griswold

The bridges formal name is Huffman Mill Covered Bridge. It was bypassed 60 feet downstream by new bridge in 2003. It still stands as a tourist draw and I believe gets a fresh coat of paint here in spring of 2007.