Neet Covered Bridge

Neet Covered Bridge
Dietrich Bridge
National Register of Historic Places
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Official name: Neet Covered Bridge
Named for: Joseph W. Neet or Robert E. Detrich
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams
Crosses Little Raccoon Creek
Coordinates 39°42′6.2″N 87°11′52.75″W / 39.701722°N 87.1979861°W / 39.701722; -87.1979861Coordinates: 39°42′6.2″N 87°11′52.75″W / 39.701722°N 87.1979861°W / 39.701722; -87.1979861
Length 144 ft (44 m) 126ft +9ft overhangs on each end
Width 16 ft (5 m)
Clearance 14 ft (4 m)
Load 8 tons
Builder Daniels, J.J.
Design Burr Arch truss single-span bridge
Material Wood
Built 1904
Owned and Maintained by Parke County
WGCB Number #14-61-18 [1]
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978
NRHP Ref# 78000405 [2]
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
Location of the Neet Bridge in Indiana
Location of Indiana in the United States

The Neet Covered Bridge is a Burr Arch single span structure that was built by Joseph J. Daniels in 1904 over Little Raccoon Creek southwest of Rockville, Indiana.[3][4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[2]


This was the last bridge contracted by Joseph J. Daniels, he was 78 at the time, though he may have been the builder of the Roseville-Coxville Covered Bridge built 6 years later that had been contracted by J.P. Van Fossen. He would have been 84 years old by this time.

The 1908 Atlas of Parke County doesn't show any property near the bridge being owned by anyone in the Neet family while Enoch Shrigley referred to it as the Joe Neet Bridge. Joseph W. Neet had been born in 1862 and owned 176 acres in section 33, the bridge is on the west side of section 33. George M. Neet, born in 1869, rented 20 acres north of the bridge.[3][5] Robert E. Detrich later owned property at the bridge through 1959 and by 1990 owned 40 acres further from the bridge which is listed as Detrich Tree Farm.[1]

The Central Indiana Railroad crossed Little Raccoon Creek just north of the bridge.

On March 25, 1989 Rockville Boy Scout Troop 469 repainted the bridge with 4 gallons of paint. A note on the bridge credits Ted Gahimer, Bruce Girdler, Matt Garrett, and Shawn Taylor as the painters. As of 2010 the bridge and area around it were being maintained by neighbors Bob Lowdermilk and John Tilton.

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  1. 1 2
  2. 1 2 National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. 1 2 "Neet Covered Bridge". Parke County Incorporated / Parke County Convention and Visitors Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  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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