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High Bridge Park Covered Bridge


Indiana Historical Society

BH Photo #445067


Lost Howe through truss bridge over Laughery Creek on 450 N
Ripley County, Indiana
Destroyed by high water and ice in March 1963.
- Thomas A. Hardman
Howe truss covered bridge.
Total length: 116.0 ft.
Also called
Watson Skeen Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.14003, -85.24952   (decimal degrees)
39°08'24" N, 85°14'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/651282/4333774 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 14-69-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 44030 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 25, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • April 9, 2011: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • February 6, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Postcard
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


High Bridge Park Covered Bridge 14-69-01x
Posted April 7, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I saw a YouTube video titled The Bridges of Osgood, Indiana. It talks about this bridge at the end, that it was washed away by an ice jam. I don't know if thats really right. It seems it was kind of high from when I visited the location. If neither side is privately owned, this is the place a new covered bridge could be built. It should be built like the original with a Howe and not Pratt truss, one lane since the road is small, and above flood level if needed. The original has been gone awhile and a historic metal or stone bridge has not been demolished here within the last ten years.

High Bridge Park Covered Bridge
Posted April 11, 2010, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

High Bridge Park Covered Bridge aka Watson/Skeen was lost in 1963, per Ron Branson

High Bridge Park Covered Bridge
Posted March 25, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think I have a post card of it and the Pipe Stem Bridge....just haven't been able to find them yet. I think the 1884 date is correct, and it was definitely built by Hardman.

High Bridge Park Covered Bridge
Posted March 25, 2010, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Harold, the following link has a little information about this bridge and at least one picture. http://www.countyhistory.com/coveredbridge/

It's listed as being built in 1884, though it's hard to say if thats accurate either.

High Bridge Park Covered Bridge
Posted March 24, 2010, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

The High Bridge Park Covered Bridge is a bridge that I have long searched for a postcard of. One of my World Guide books say it was built in 1857, and most likely not an accurate date. Bryan Ketcham's 1949 book, Covered Bridges on the Byways of Indiana lists the bridge as being built in 1884. I cannot find a date as to when the bridge was removed. If anyone has a time of removal and/or postcards or pictures of the bridge I would be quite interested in seeing a postcard of it, with a chance to purchase the postcard. Thomas Hardman built several covered bridges in Ripley County.