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Cox Ford Bridge - Parke County, Indiana

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Indiana's Parke County lays claim as the covered bridge capitol of the world. With well West Union Bridge 1876 - Parke County, Indiana over two dozen bridges, it would be difficult to dispute their assertion. Most of the county's treasures were built between the 1880s and the 1920s. The oldest, the 132 foot long Crooks Bridge, dates to the pre-Civil War era. One newly constructed span, the Bridgeton Bridge, was added in 2006.
     Parke County is proud of their covered bridges and rural heritage, and invites everyone to celebrate a variety of festivals and events scheduled throughout the year. The county-wide Covered Bridge Festival is set aside for a colorful time of year. Here in mid October, western Indiana's hardwoods put on a show of brilliant autumn foliage. Fall color may also be enjoyed at the county's three parks. Turkey Run, Shades, and the Raccoon State Recreation Area also provide plenty of open Marshall Covered Bridge 1917 - Parke County, Indiana space for outdoor recreation and water related activities.
     Pictured here is the Cox Ford Bridge found on the edge of Turkey Run State Park. The bridge crosses over Sugar Creek, where summertime canoeing and teenage horseplay are very popular. The single span bridge, with a length of 176 feet, was built in 1913 and is still in use today. Beginning the 2nd Friday in October, the Bridge Festival is a great way to enjoy the Parke County countryside. Even if you're not a huge covered bridge fan, the 10 day celebration is Indiana's largest and offers plenty of entertainment, food, a craft fair and a display of local art at the Rockville courthouse square.

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