Melcher Covered Bridge
|Melcher Covered Bridge|
|Klondyke Bridge, Marion Bridge, and Leatherwood Bridge|
|National Register of Historic Places|
|Official name: Melcher Covered Bridge|
|Named for: Melcher Railroad Station|
|Crosses||Leatherwood Creek, Indiana|
|Coordinates||39°47′20.76″N 87°20′6.35″W / 39.7891000°N 87.3350972°WCoordinates: 39°47′20.76″N 87°20′6.35″W / 39.7891000°N 87.3350972°W|
|Length||97 ft (30 m) 83ft +7ft overhangs on each end|
|Width||16 ft (5 m)|
|Clearance||12.5 ft (4 m)|
|Design||Burr Arch truss single-span bridge|
|Owned and Maintained by||Parke County|
|Added to NRHP||Dec 22, 1978|
|MPS||Parke County Covered Bridges TR|
Location of the Melcher Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States
The Melcher Covered Bridge, also known as the "Klondyke Covered Bridge", "Marion Covered Bridge", or the "Leatherwood Covered Bridge" crosses Leatherwood Creek east of Montezuma, Indiana, and is a single-span Burr Arch Truss covered bridge structure that was built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1896.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The name "Melcher Covered Bridge" comes from the nearby Melcher Station which was originally on the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway (1846–1917). The CH&D and the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad crossed just west of the bridge.
The name "Klondyke Covered Bridge" comes from the nearby community of Klondyke, named after the Klondike Gold Rush, but in this case it was clay for bricks.
The name "Leatherwood Covered Bridge" was used but would cause confusion with Leatherwood Station Covered Bridge and Leatherwood Ford.
While the bridge was built by J.J. Daniels the portals no longer have his trademark portal arches. The portals have been modified to closer resemble those built by William Hendricks and Joseph A. Britton on their shorter bridges.
- List of Registered Historic Places in Indiana
- Parke County Covered Bridges
- Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
- "Melcher Covered Bridge (#24)". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "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.