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Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge 14-61-03x


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Photo taken Oct. 2005 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102903


Lost covered bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on CR S150E
Parke County, Indiana
Destroyed by arson
Built 1915, destroyed by arson on April 2, 2002
- Joseph A. Britton
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 222.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.63019, -87.20833   (decimal degrees)
39°37'49" N, 87°12'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/482121/4386734 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6100018 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-61-03x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 78000394 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16809 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2012)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • April 11, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • June 18, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • February 28, 2012: New photo from Gene Smania
  • July 16, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • July 10, 2010: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 13, 2006: Posted photo of remains from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Wikipedia
  • Linda Daffron
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman


Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge 14-61-03x
Posted January 25, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And the news report screwed up the fact that he didn't just "damage" the Bridgeton Covered Bridge... He obliterated it!

Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge 14-61-03x
Posted January 25, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

He was deemed an habitual offender... Liked to play with matches too much.

Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge 14-61-03x
Posted January 25, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

90 Years?! That's like a murder sentence. Too bad we can't apply this sentence for needless demolitions of historic bridges too!

Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge 14-61-03x
Posted January 25, 2022, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Jesse Payne was found competent to stand trial in 2018, and was sentenced to 90 years in prison.


Jeffries Ford Covered Bridge
Posted October 13, 2007, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I guess Parke County has made a hard decision to replace the Jeffries Ford with a modern concrete structure due to funds falling short. They tried hard for funds, then the nearby Bridgeton Bridge which was scenic world famous was burned three years later. Major efforts and funding went to rebuild the Bridgeton Bridge which was for pedestrians only and was completed on October 1, 2006. The difference is the Jeffries Ford was for vehicles, the arson closed the road, and building a modern vehicular covered bridge is more costly and residents had to take a longer detour. Jesse Payne who burned the Bridgeton, attempted to burn the Mansfield, and a person of interest for this bridges arson is still in a mental institution said to be unable to stand trial still as far as I know. A modern concrete bridge would be built not because the Jeffries Ford Bridge was removed by county, but because somebody destroyed it! I wish a modern covered bridge could have been built, but I understand and I'm okay with the countys decision if thats still what they want to do.