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Jessup Covered Bridge

Photos 

Vintage postcard scan.

Photo by John V. Pontiere, Jr.

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BH Photo #165856

Map 

Description 

Originally located on the Catlin Road over Little Raccoon Creek just North of Jessup. After the Adams Covered Bridge was destroyed by flooding in 1969 it was decided to move the Jessup Bridge (which had been bypassed) to the Adams location. The 155ft long bridge was moved intact up through Rockville and then Northeast to the bridge site where it fit perfectly on the old Adams Bridge abutments. Unfortunately it would meet the same fate nearly 20 years later.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr Arch Covered bridge over Little Raccoon Creek on CR 100 N.
Location
Parke County, Indiana
Status
Destroyed by storm
History
Built 1910, moved in 1970, destroyed in 1989 when a large tree fell on it, breaking the arches. It collapsed into the creek, floated under the Sanatorium Covered Bridge, and finally stopped near the U.S. 36 Bridge
Builder
- J.P. Van Fossen
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 155.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78117, -87.14520   (decimal degrees)
39°46'52" N, 87°08'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/487566/4403479 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mecca
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-61-06x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 45299 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1910 (1,190)
Built during 1910s (9,810)
Burr arch-truss (365)
Covered (1,716)
Destroyed by storm (59)
Indiana (4,993)
J.P. Van Fossen (1)
Lost (26,383)
Lost 1989 (186)
Lost during 1980s (1,449)
Parke County, Indiana (93)
Through truss (15,727)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,037)
Truss (33,887)

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added GPS coords
  • May 22, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 19, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger

Sources 

  • Bill Eichelberger