While most of the bridges in Putnam and Parke Counties are Burr Arches, this is a Howe Truss. Built in 1990 by a bridge company (Massillon Bridge Company, it is one of a few that are not built by the J.A. Britton or J.J. Daniels. This is 210' (64.6 m) long in two spans. It has cut stone abutments and is one of the taller bridges at 15' (4.6 m). Named for the local land owner at tis time of construction.
See my Houck Bridge travelogue for more images.
Built by J.A. Britton in 1915, this Burr Arch Truss crosses the Big Walnut. Of the nine bridges in Putnam County, 7 cross the Big Walnut. The bridge is 103' (31.7 M) long in a single span. The story goes that there was a large boulder that rolled around in the creek from the action of the running water. Because such a rock could destroy the abutments, it was removed when the bridge was built. So all that's left of this unique feature is the name of the bridge.
Putnam County is right next to Parke County and it's covered bridges, but Putnam has 9 of it's own covered bridges. Each worth a visit. Check the attached web-site for local directions and more pictures.
The Dick Huffman or Webster CB is the furthest south, just off I-70. Of course it's not at an exit.
Houck CB sites out in the country, where you feel as if the farmers might still be using horse and wagons.
The Edna Collins CB is considered to be haunted.
The Dunbar CB is nearest to Greencastle. Take US 231 north, under the concrete railroad viaduct. Immediately (and I mean immediate - slow down and put your signal on as you pass under the viaduct) take the road left. It leads directly to the bridge.
The Baker Camp CB is east of Brainbridge on the old US 36. There are three in this area, including.
The Rolling Stone CB which is the next parallel north of US 36. A third CB is one parallel north of the Rolling Stone. This and Pine Bluff CB required you travel on gravel roads.
The Cornstalk CB is the furthest north. You follow the signs on US 231 for the town of Raccoon. Don't be surprised when it looks more like a spare parts repository. Take the road out of town to the south. It winds a bit, but comes to the bridge over Raccoon Creek.
Visit my Travelogue of the Covered Bridges of Putnam County.
For additional covered bridges in neighboring countys see:
West - Turkey Run State Park page
- Narrows CB Travelogue
West - Rockville - Parke County page
Far Northwest - Veedersburg - Fountain County page
Northwest - Shades State Park - Deer Mill CB
This was a crowded little place. Right near the old tracks. It's tucked away behind some larger buildings. Well, actually, it's right on the US 231 on the north edge of town. Coming from town (i.e., the courthouse), it'll be on the left and it's small and not readally seen. You'll see the blue caboose first, and it's just beyond the restaurant. From the north it's easier to see as you'll cross the tracks and only the blue caboose will block your view and it's set further back than the restaurant.
NOTE: They don't take credit cards, bring cash.
Favorite Dish: The steak sandwich and the patty melt are the two we tried and they were good. The patty melt was done correctly. Rye break and swiss. It's my sign of good food. There was a line and nobody left without waiting for a seat. It's loved by the locals.