Crooks Covered Bridge spans Little Raccoon Creek. It sits on a small hill overlooking a scenic country road and cornfields in Parke County, Indiana.
The single-span Burr Arch Truss bridge built by Henry Wolf in 1855-56 was initially in a different location. The bridge's history is hazy regarding how it arrived at its current location. Some say the bridge washed downstream to where it sits today, was jacked up, and the foundation rebuilt under it. While others claim the creek changed course, and the bridge was moved here since a bridge was needed.
Crooks Covered Bridge is the oldest bridge of its kind in Parke County, still resting on its original hewn stone foundation. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
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July 8th, 2022
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