The Medora Covered Bridge is the longest clear span (abutment face to abutment face or what actually crosses the river) historic covered bridge in the U.S.
The bridge is located one mile east of Medora, IN on SR 235. There are parking areas at both ends of the bridge. The west end is shaded and has three concrete picnic tables with a parking area large enough for RV's to turn around. The bridge is handicap accessible.
Built in 1875 by Joseph J. Daniels.
It took nine months to build.
The cost was: $18,142.00.
Triple Span Burr Arch Multiple King Posts with Lateral Braces truss design.
The longest clear span (abutment face to abutment face) historic covered bridge in the USA.
(National Register of Historic Places).
The original contract calls for a clear span (the three spans plus the two tiers (details on first frame of highlights page) length of 431'10" with 14'1" overhangs on each end for a total length of 460'.
Spans the East Fork of the White River.
Closed to traffic in 1972.
Once called the Dark Bridge because there are no windows.
The primary reason for covering bridges was to
protect the structure from the weather.
Other benefits included:
Increase safety and minimize fear for animals.
Serve as a public meeting place.
Provide shelter from storms.
Pictured below are some of the visitors to the bridge. They come from all over the world. Most of the visitors have seen it on the map as the longest historical covered bridge in the U.S. and have gone out of their way to see it. The response has been wonderful and judging from the hits to this website, the excitement is being shared. The first picture was actually taken at the Hall Round Barn but this group did visit the bridge as part of the Indiana Covered Bridge Society tour.
The Dinner on the Bridge is held annually the first Saturday in August.
The details are on the events page of this website.