Catlin Covered Bridge

Catlin Covered Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
Official name: Catlin Covered Bridge
Named for: Catlin, Indiana
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams
Crosses Bill Diddle Creek
Coordinates 39°47′29.93″N 87°14′17.31″W / 39.7916472°N 87.2381417°W / 39.7916472; -87.2381417Coordinates: 39°47′29.93″N 87°14′17.31″W / 39.7916472°N 87.2381417°W / 39.7916472; -87.2381417
Length 72 ft (22 m) 54ft +9ft overhangs on each end
Width 16 ft (5 m) [1]
Clearance 13 ft (4 m)
Builder McDaniel, Clark
Design Single Burr Arch truss bridge
Material Wood
Built 1907
WGCB Number #14-61-15 [2]
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000387 [3]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Catlin Covered Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States

The Catlin Covered Bridge is a single span Burr Arch truss covered bridge structure that was built by Clark McDaniel in 1907.


Originally it was located on the Rockville–Rosedale Road on the north side of Caitlin crossing Sunderland Creek.39°41′56″N 87°14′13″W / 39.698868°N 87.236938°W / 39.698868; -87.236938 This road had originally been a major route to Crawfordsville, even having the title the "Ben Hur Highway", for General Lew Wallace who was a famous Crawfordsville resident and author of the famous novel Ben Hur. Even after US Highway 41 was completed heavy agricultural truck traffic continued to use the bridge. This led the bridge being condemned in the late 1950s, and closed. After the bridge was close it fell into a severe state of disrepair. Funds were raised to save the valuable covered bridge and it was relocated to its present spot, at the Rockville Golf Course, in 1961 by Garrard Brothers Trucking where it crosses Bill Diddle Creek.[1][4]

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

See also


  1. 1 2 "Catlin Covered Bridge (#13)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. 1 2 National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. "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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