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Honoring Historic Bridge Awareness Month: The Covered Bridges of Wabash County

November 07, 2016

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month, and a great time to explore and learn about covered bridges. Once a pervasive sight on New England’s rural roads, historic covered bridges are becoming scarcer with each passing year. In Indiana, there are now fewer than 100 wooden covered bridges. Fortunately for the residents of Wabash County, two such bridges still remain.

The towns of Roann and North Manchester both maintain a functional covered bridge. Roann’s structure is a 288-foot-long Howe truss design built in 1877. After suffering fire damage in 1990, the bridge was rebuilt, and the resulting product now safely holds four tons. North Manchester’s 19th century, 150-foot truss bridge also underwent rehabilitation in 2013; receiving a new roof, floor boards, siding, a weight-bearing load of five tons, and installed lighting.

Both bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and have become popular tourist attractions, as well as symbols of local pride and historic value.