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Near Fulda in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65/Pioneer George Huffman

Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Vincent DiNoto, June 17, 2012
1. Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65 Marker
Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65
William T. Washer was contracted with Spencer & Perry Counties, July 1864 to build a 148 foot yellow poplar Burr Arch-Trust Bridge. (Patented by Theodore Burr 1771-1882). Contract payment called for Ten Thousand Dollars in "Lawful money of the United States." Bridge located north of an early ford on Buffalo Trace leading from Rome to Vincennes, IN. Lumber for bridge was sawed at John Harrison Huffman's saw mill. Water saw mill located 120 yards, up Anderson River, on the west bank.

A community developed with Huffman gristmill, sawmill, general store, and later church, school, physician, blacksmith, carpenter, Post Office est. in 1883.

James Hale ran last steam mill here, making spokes for automobile wheels for Henry Ford in great numbers.

Dam used for water mill removed in 1912. Covered Bridge discontinued in 2004.

Pioneer George Huffman
Pioneer settler George Huffman (1784-1854) Lancaster Co. Penn. came to Indiana Territory by 1804. In circa 1812 Huffman settled in Spencer County, purchasing land from the U.S. Government in 1815. George constructed an early grist

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mill in circa 1816. The Mill was attended from miles away, including the Lincoln family, Abraham making trips on horseback. Later with son, John Harrison Huffman (1812-1887) they added a combination water grist mill and 'sash' saw mill which did large business. They operated a store, farmed, flat boated lumber, corn mill, flour & goods south, accumulated over 1100 acres straddling Anderson River. The Huffman's donated property for nearby (in Spencer Co.) frame school 1851, cemetery and Christian Church 1858.

The Huffman's burnt bricks, cut windows, doors and porch pillars for two story homestead in 1844. Standing west of Anderson River, south of road, Spencer Co.

John Harrison Huffman's sons John R. (also a miller) & George W. served in the Civil War, George was killed at Vicksburg.
Erected 2012.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 38° 6.223′ N, 86° 46.62′ W. Marker is near Fulda, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is on Huffman Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fulda IN 47536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Freedom Train

Pioneer George Huffman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Vincent DiNoto, June 17, 2012
2. Pioneer George Huffman Marker
(approx. 7.4 miles away); Santa Claus Land Railroad (approx. 7.4 miles away); Mother Goose Land Train (approx. 7.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Employed (approx. 7˝ miles away); Ohio River Scenic Byway (approx. 7˝ miles away); America's Everyday Heroes (approx. 7˝ miles away); A New Home in Indiana (approx. 7˝ miles away); The Raven (approx. 7.6 miles away).
More about this marker. A new bridge bypasses the covered bridge but it is easily visible from the road.
Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Vincent DiNoto, April 17, 2012
3. Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65 Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Vincent DiNoto of Jeffersonville, Indiana. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Vincent DiNoto of Jeffersonville, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2023