2014 Midwest USA Redux travel blog

Rockville, IN - Covered Bridge Campground - site C9

Rockville, IN - Covered Bridge Campground - site C9, another view

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 0 - our route - 40 miles (should...

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 1 - Took a wrong turn and wound...

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 2 - now that's a different farmhouse

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 3 - not sure what this corn is...

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 4 - downtown Rockville, very old buildings -...

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 5

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 6

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 7

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 8

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 9

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 10 - brick street on one of the...

Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN 11

Covered Bridges 1 - Crooks Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 2 - Crooks Bridge, like most of the bridges, uses...

Covered Bridges 3 - Crooks Bridge- this is Little Raccoon Creek and...

Covered Bridges 4 - McAllister's Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 5 - Neet Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek - bypassed...

Covered Bridges 6 - Bridgeton Bridge - burned by arson in 2005,...

Covered Bridges 7 - the Big Raccoon Creek falls at the Bridgeton...

Covered Bridges 8 - the Mansfield Bridge over Big Raccoon Creek -...

Covered Bridges 9 - the Mansfield Bridge at 247 feet requires two...

Covered Bridges 10 - Big Rocky Fork Bridge over Big Rocky Fork...

Covered Bridges 11 - Conley's Ford Bridge over Big Raccoon Creek -...

Covered Bridges 12 - Thorpe Ford Bridge over Big Raccoon Creek -...

Covered Bridges 13 - Roseville Bridge over Big Raccoon Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 14 - Harry Evans Bridge over Rock Run Creek -...

Covered Bridges 15 - Zack Cox Bridge over Rock Run Creek -...

Covered Bridges 16 - Mecca Bridge over Big Raccoon Creek - bypassed...

Covered Bridges 17 - Phillips Bridge over Big Pond Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 18 - the Phillips Bridge and one other were the...

Covered Bridges 19 - Sim Smith Bridge over Leatherwood Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 20 - the Melcher Bridge over Leatherwood Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 21 - the Nevins Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek -...

Covered Bridges 22 - the Billie Creek Bridge over Billie Creek -...

Covered Bridges 23 - the Beeson Bridge over Billie Creek - moved...

Covered Bridges 24 -the West Union Bridge over Sugar Creek - bypassed...

Covered Bridges 25 - the West Union Bridge is the longest at...

Covered Bridges 26 - the Marshall Bridge over Rush Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 27 - the Rush Creek Bridge over Rush Creek -...

Covered Bridges 28 - the Mill Creek Bridge over Mill Creek -...

Covered Bridges 29 - the Bowsher Ford Bridge over Mill Creek -...

Covered Bridges 30 - the Jackson Bridge over Sugar Creek - still...

Covered Bridges 31 - a view of Sugar Creek through one of...

Covered Bridges 32 - the Cox Ford Bridge over Sugar Creek -...

Covered Bridges 33 - at 176 feet, the Cox Ford Bridge gets...

Covered Bridges 34 - the Wilkins Mill Bridge over Sugar Mill Creek...

Covered Bridges 35 - the Portland Mills Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek...

Covered Bridges 36 - the State Sanitorium Bridge over Little Raccoon Creek...

Covered Bridges 37 - the Catlin Bridge, relocated in 1961 over Bill...

Covered Bridge Trip 1 - surrounded by dry corn - we found...

Covered Bridge Trip 2 - a very pretty farm - that's soy...

Covered Bridge Trip 3 - we stopped at an Amish farm and...

Covered Bridge Trip 4 - they had some huge greenhouses and great...

Covered Bridge Trip 5 - looks like they are harvesting the soy...

Covered Bridge Trip 6

Covered Bridge Trip 7 - soy beans look like they are gathered...

Covered Bridge Trip 8 - this is a cornfield across the street...


Our trip from Crawfordsville to Rockville, IN was supposed to be 34 miles but I managed to miss a turn and it wound up being 40 miles through the back roads of Indiana to get here. The extra six miles were not so bad but the speed was reduced to about 30 mph most of the time on the back roads.

We are staying at the Covered Bridge Campground just a couple of blocks from downtown Rockville. It is mostly empty right now and we have a nice sized site but it would be much more crowded during the Covered Bridge Festival next month and our site would be much tighter with the side by side hookups that would be in vogue then. We have a 30 amp full hookup site with easy satellite sighting and good Verizon though the data speed is not even 3G but 1X.

Thursday, we headed out to look at the bridges. We managed to complete three of the five loops and see 16 of the bridges. It took us a while to get the hang of finding the bridges using the provided maps. I will include a picture of all of the bridges though you may not want to see them all since they are very similar.

Friday, we finished up the covered bridge loops and also saw five more that are not on a loop. So, we finally saw 30 of the 31 covered bridges supposedly in Parke County, IN but never did find the 31st which was "supposed" to be where we saw two other ones??

We are very glad we came here when we did as they have the covered bridge festival starting the second Friday in October and normally have in excess of 200,000 visitors!!! We wouldn't want to be within 50 miles of this place then. Our touring of the bridges was much more relaxed even though we didn't get to spend hours perusing the different vendors set up at each town in the county!

We head for a long trip (for us) tomorrow - about 235 miles down to Eddyville, KY where we expect to spend a week.

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