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The Narrows Covered Bridge
Narrows Covered Bridge Turkey Run SP.jpg
The Narrows of Sugar Creek (Turkey Run State Park)
Coordinates 39°53′27.68″N 87°11′8.46″W / 39.8910222°N 87.1856833°W / 39.8910222; -87.1856833Coordinates: 39°53′27.68″N 87°11′8.46″W / 39.8910222°N 87.1856833°W / 39.8910222; -87.1856833
Carries Narrows Road
Crosses Sugar Creek, Parke County, Indiana
Locale Turkey Run State Park, Parke, Indiana, United States
Official name The Narrows Covered Bridge
Named for nearby "Narrows" on Sugar Creek.
Maintained by State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources
WGCB Number
  1. 14-61-36
Characteristics
Design National Register of Historic Places
Total length 137 ft (42 m)121ft +8ft overhangs on each end
Width 16.5 ft (5.0 m)
Height 12.5 ft (3.8 m)
History
Constructed by J. A. Britton
Construction cost Original Cost $3,400
Rebuilt 1977
MPS Parke County Covered Bridges TR
NRHP reference No. 78000404
Added to NRHP Dec 22, 1978

The Narrows Covered Bridge crosses Sugar Creek at the eastern edge of Turkey Run State Park and is a single span Burr Arch Truss covered bridge structure that was built by Joseph A. Britton in 1882.

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

History

The Narrows Covered Bridge was built to replace the previous bridge that Salmon Lusk had built in 1847, which itself had been built to replace the bridge he'd built in 1840. The first bridge was destroyed in 1847 and the second in 1875.

The Parke County Commissioners didn't decided to replace the bridge for several years and by then iron bridges were becoming popular. Finally, on August 24, 1882, the first bids opened. These included: Smith Iron Works (iron, $6,680), Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (iron, $5,706), King Iron Bridge Co. (iron, $2,904), Columbia Bridge Works (iron, $3,288), G. F. Haynes (wood, $2,704), and J. A. Britton (wood, $3,750 total). Except for Mr. Britton's bid, the others may or may not include the cost for the abutments or other costs. At any rate, all of the bids were rejected.

J. A. Britton was later awarded the contract for $3,400. This bridge has been acclaimed as the first in J. A. Britton's illustrious covered bridge career. Some purists though have criticized the pointed arch joints and it can be noted that J. A. Britton built a Billie Creek Bridge in 1880, but it was probably an open bridge.

Joseph A. Britton's first wife died while he was working on the Narrows Bridge. He later met his second wife, who was living at a farm not far from the narrows, while working on the bridge.

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