The restoration of the Medora Covered Bridge, the longest historic covered bridge in the U.S., is complete. Below is the new writing on the bridge approved by the Jackson County Commissioners and painted by Nick Walden, a member of the Friends of the Medora Covered Bridge and Area Board of Directors.
The bridge is open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. 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. It is located one mile east of Medora, IN on SR 235.
Built in 1875 by Joseph J. Daniels
It took nine months to build
The cost was: $18,142.0
Triple Span Multiple King Post Truss Design with Burr Arch.
The longest historic covered bridge in the USA.
(National Register of Historic Places).
The original contract calls for a clear span (abutment to abutment) length of 431'10" with 14'1" overhangs on each end for a total length of 460'.
Rehab work completed June, 2011
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.