Cataract Falls Covered Bridge

Cataract Falls Covered Bridge
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Country United States
State Indiana
County Owen
Township Jennings
Crosses Mill Creek (formerly known as Eel River)
Coordinates 39°26′00″N 86°48′47″W / 39.43333°N 86.81306°W / 39.43333; -86.81306Coordinates: 39°26′00″N 86°48′47″W / 39.43333°N 86.81306°W / 39.43333; -86.81306
Length 140.1 ft (43 m) (total length)
 - Length of largest span 133.9 ft (41 m)
Width 13.5 m (44 ft)
Vertical Clearance 12.5 ft (4 m)
Builder Smith Bridge Co.
Design Smith Truss
Material Wood
Built 1876
NBI Number INNBI 6000029
WGCB Number 14-60-01
NRHP Ref Number 5000339[1]
Added to NRHP 2005
Location of Cataract Falls Covered Bridge in Indiana

The Cataract Falls Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Mill Creek in the Lieber State Recreation Area, Owen County, Indiana, United States. Built in 1876 by the Smith Bridge company of Toledo, Ohio,[2] it was at one time one of the most famous and photographed covered bridges in the United States.[3] It is the only remaining one in Owen County.[4][5]

Since the road bypassed the bridge in 1988, it is only open to pedestrians.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1][2]

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  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 1 2 "Cataract Falls Covered Bridge". Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. Robert Reed (2004). Indiana's Covered Bridges. Arcadia Pub (sc). p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7385-3335-3. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Cataract Falls Covered Bridge". State of Indiana Historical Bureau. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  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 Cantwell; Christopher Baas; Matt Reckard & Mark Brown (October 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Cataract Covered Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01. and Accompanying photographs.
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