Crooks Covered Bridge

Crooks Covered Bridge
Walker Adams Bridge or Darroch’s Lost Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
Official name: Crooks Covered Bridge
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams
Road Crooks Bridge Road (Main road bypasses covered bridge, bridge open to traffic)
Crosses Little Raccoon Creek
Coordinates 39°43′26.75″N 87°11′22.5″W / 39.7240972°N 87.189583°W / 39.7240972; -87.189583Coordinates: 39°43′26.75″N 87°11′22.5″W / 39.7240972°N 87.189583°W / 39.7240972; -87.189583
Length 154 ft (47 m) 132ft +11ft overhangs on each end
Width 14 ft (4 m)
Clearance 13 ft (4 m)
Load 4 tons
Builder Henry Wolf rebuilt by

Gen. Arthur Patterson or Daniels, J.J.

Design Burr arch truss bridge
Material Wood
Built 1856 or 1860 Original Cost $1,200 or $5,900
 - rebuilt and moved 1867 or 1872
Owned and Maintained by Parke County
NBI Number 6100070[1]
WGCB Number #14-61-17 [2]
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000391 [3]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Crooks Covered Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States

The Crooks Covered Bridge is a single span Burr Arch Truss structure that crosses Little Raccoon Creek built in 1855-1856 by Henry Wolf just southeast of Rockville, Indiana.[4]


The exact history of this bridge has become hazy with the passing of time. A couple of different sources give varying years as to when certain things may have happened; what is consistent is that the bridge was moved from its original location sometime after 1863 maybe due to the road being abandoned. Some claim that the bridge actually washed downstream to its new location where new abutments were put under it and a road built to it. Still others claim that because the creek changed its course the bridge had to be dismantled and moved. Yet another claim is that General Arthur Patterson, one of the founders of Rockville, had the bridge rebuilt by J.J. Daniels in 1867 after a viewing committee, which included Daniels, recommended it be rebuilt. Daniels also recommended moving the bridge to the Darroch’s Site because it was thought to be safe from flooding. This proved false though when the bridge had to be repaired in 1875 after being damaged by flooding.[2][5]

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

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. 1 2
  3. 1 2 National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. "Crooks Covered Bridge (#12)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  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. and Site map.

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