Near Rockville in Parke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
State Sanatorium Covered Bridge
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list.
Location. 39° 46.869′ N, 87° 8.73′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville IN 47872, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Church Built in Parke County Indiana (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Mordecai Brown (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Batty Mine Location (approx. 1˝ miles away); Gov. Joseph A. Wright (approx. 3˝ miles away); Rockville Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); 1883 Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old 1832 Jail (approx. 4˝ miles away); Naming of Rockville (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
Regarding State Sanatorium Covered Bridge. From the “Tribune Star” - “Parke County Covered Bridge Festival” flier of 2011 (page 28)::
“”Though built near Morlan’s Mill, the State Sanatorium Bridge was built for, associated with, and owned by the State Sanatorium.
The 65th Indiana General Assembly approved establishment and financing of the State Tuberculosis Hospital or Sanatorium on March 8, 1907. It was in full operation by the end of 1910. The sanatorium functioned as a city unto itself with a school, 3 doctors, 16 nurses, a dentist, electric and steam power plant, laundry, dairy, bakery,
This bridge was built to haul coal to the State Sanatorium from mines one or two miles away. The Sanatorium was heated by coal and power plant was driven by coal.
This bridge is the only one to have lightning rods. The bridge was on private property and had fallen to disrepair and was closed. In 2009 the bridge was moved to CR 100 N and is now open to traffic.”“
Also see . . .
1. Moving and Re-constructing the Bridge ::. There are many photos of the "step by step" process and work involved in this $1.34 million project (start date - July 30, 2008 and finish date - December 2008.) Follow the many links - for all the photos. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Video - Slide Show - -"Sanitorium Covered Bridge Rehabilitation" (Courtesy - YouTube) ::. (Submitted on September 28, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 910 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 27, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.