Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge

Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge
Harry Wolf Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
Official name: Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge
Named for: Leatherwood Station
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams, Indiana
Road Walking trail
City Rockport, Indiana
Crosses Williams Creek
Coordinates 39°45′27.58″N 87°12′33.05″W / 39.7576611°N 87.2091806°W / 39.7576611; -87.2091806Coordinates: 39°45′27.58″N 87°12′33.05″W / 39.7576611°N 87.2091806°W / 39.7576611; -87.2091806
Length 72 ft (22 m) 54ft +9ft overhangs on each end
Width 16[1] ft (5 m)
Clearance 14 ft (4 m)
Builder Joseph A. Britton
Design Double Burr arch single-span bridge
Material Wood
Built 1899 Original cost <$680
 - Closed 1979
Owned and Maintained by Parke County Commissioners
Parke County
NBI Number [2]
WGCB Number 14-61-25[3]
Added to NRHP December 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000397 [4]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Leatherwood Station Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States

The Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge is a single span double Burr Arch Truss covered bridge structure that was built by Joseph A. Britton & Son in 1899. Originally it had sandstone abutments but when it was moved to Billie Creek Village they were replaced with concrete abutments with sandstone showing.[1][5]


The bridge was named after the nearby B&O Railroad station at its original location. (39°48′55″N 87°17′57″W / 39.815141°N 87.299085°W / 39.815141; -87.299085) It was also known as the "Hary Wolf Bridge." Wolf owned the land near the bridge. The portal was later modified into a J.J. Daniels Arch while the original angular Britton Arch framing is still visible from the inside.

A letter from J.J. Daniels dated May 18, 1899, says that he had made a bid to build the bridge for $680. Since J.A. Britton was awarded the contract it can be assumed that his bid was less that Daniels.[3]

According to a Historic American Engineering Record record on the bridge, it was repaired in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration. It was built by Britton who built approximately 40 bridges in three Indiana counties, Parke, Putnam, and Vermillion, during a 33-year period.[6]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[4]

Images of Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge prior to being moved to Billie Creek Village.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge (#25)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. http://nationalbridges.com/
  3. 1 2 http://www.indianacrossings.org/bridgeLinks/14-61-25.html
  4. 1 2 National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  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.
  6. John M. Kelly. "Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge". Historic American Engineering Record.
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