Billie Creek Covered Bridge

Billie Creek Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
Western portal and northern side
Official name: Billie Creek Covered Bridge
Named for: William's Creek
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams
Road Old U.S.36 (Closed at various times of the year.)
City Billie Creek Village
Crosses William's Creek
Coordinates 39°45′40.51″N 87°12′23.67″W / 39.7612528°N 87.2065750°W / 39.7612528; -87.2065750Coordinates: 39°45′40.51″N 87°12′23.67″W / 39.7612528°N 87.2065750°W / 39.7612528; -87.2065750
Length 78 ft (24 m) 62ft +8ft overhangs on each end
Width 15 ft (5 m)
Clearance 12.5 ft (4 m)
Builder Daniels, J.J.
Design Burr arch truss bridge
Material Wood
Built 1895 Original Cost $820
NBI Number 6100086[1]
WGCB Number #14-61-19 [2]
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000384 [3]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Billie Creek Covered Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States

The Billie Creek Covered Bridge is a Burr Arch structure that was built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1895. J.L. Van Fossen supplied the sandstone that makes up the abutments cut from A.E. Fuel's nearby quarry.[2][4]


This bridge was built to replace the open wooden bridge that had been built by famed bridge builder J.A. Britton just 15 years earlier in 1880. It was built on what was then called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, what would later become U.S. 36. Luckily it was saved because it was later bypassed when the road was rebuilt.[5]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[3]

After being bypassed by the main highway it would become a tourist attraction when it became part of Billie Creek Village where it is still open to vehicular traffic and only closed at busy times of the year for traffic control.[2]

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. 1 2 3
  3. 1 2 National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. "Billie Creek Covered Bridge (#39)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  5. "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-06-01. Note: This includes Charles Felkner (December 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Parke County Covered Bridge Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01., Site map, and Accompanying photographs.

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